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Pictured is the Brethren Publishing Plant in Ashland, Ohio. The Annual Publication Day offering is being 
lifted this month in the Brethren Church. News about this offering begins on Page Eight in this issue. 

Vol. LXXIX January 5. 1957 


YEAR— 1957 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of §enemL Interest 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Progress is being made in the 
super structure building progi-am; plans have been sub- 
mitted to contractors for bids. 

A "Loyalty-Anniversary Dinner" was held late in No- 

lic Address system has recently been installed in the 
church. Men of the church did the work. 

Four new members were received into the church re- 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. Brother William Keeling 
notes that special groups in the church are taking their 
turn conducting the Sunday evening services. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. A gospel team, "The Gospel Mes- 
sengers," from Lorain, Ohio, appeared in the Mansfield 
church on December 9th. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Pastor Percy C. Miller appeared on 
the devotional programs of WING and WONE on De- 
cember 30th. 


Work continues on the excavation of the basement of the 
church. When finished, this will provide greatly needed 
Class-room space. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick notes in his 
bulletin that the "Church School attendance was broken 
again." This took place on December 2nd, when there were 
42 in attendance, being one more than the previous rec- 
ord. A goal of 50 by Easter, for this growing mission 
church, has been suggested by the pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. The December 1956 issue of "Link," 
a paper published by the National Sunday School Associa- 
tion, contains a picture of the members of the Indiana 
S. S. Association. Among the members of this interdenom- 
inational group is Brother Thomas A. Shannon, pastor of 
our Roann Church. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. A Building Fund goal of 
$10,000 has been set, to be raised by Easter. Said funds 
to be used for the newly purchased property next to the 
church, and for converting it into a parking area. Other 
improvements include lighting front and rear of church, 

re-cementing steps and side-walks, and a new room 
facilitate communion services. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. A reception and carry-:ii 
dinner for the new pastor. Brother Virgil Ingraham, ai(i 
family, was held on December 9th. J 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother Wilbur Thomas, of Leo' 
Iowa, was guest speaker in the Waterloo church on D 
cember 16th. 



A FEW WEEKS AGO, pastors and Church Secretari(| 
received letters from the Editor concerning the plan 
for the Brethren Evangelist for 1957. 

A special appeal was made, urging that all churchei 
not 100% Evangelist Churches, give consideration to mal 
ing that step in the near future. | 

This is more than just a desire to increase subscriptioi j 
to the Evangelist — -there is no real merit in just havir; 
a high circulation of the magazine. What a high ci: 
culation can do, is our chief motive in urging all of oij 
churches to "go 100%." ' 

We believe, sincerely, that the Brethren Evangelist cb 
serve a greater purpose if more of our people are rea(j 
ing it each week. There has been a sizeable gain in ci j 
culation in the past several years. An encouraging numl 
ber of our churches have joined the 100% Church lisij 
More are on their way. j 

Since the Evangelist, through the dissemination '] 
news and information, serves all the agencies of tlj 
Church, it stands to reason that the more people \' 
have reading the paper, the more progressive our ChurCj 
will become. j 

Therefore, with this thought in mind, we are again ur)| 
ing pastors, church leaders, etc., of those Churches n 
100%, to continue efforts toward arriving at the 100' I 
status. Under the new subscription plan, it will not on j 
save you money; it will do much to inform your chun] 
members of the over all program of the Brethren Churcj 

Pastors and Secretaries: Have you mailed your postag! 
free card back to the Editor? A 100% Church Honj 
Roll is soon to be printed in the Evangelist, and will 1] 
largely made up from the cards returned, marked 100^ 


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EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS— Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 


Rev. William H. Anderson 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Rev. DyoU Belote 

Rev. John Byler 


Rev. L. O. McCartneysmith, Brethren Doctrin 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 

Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, Church Methods 

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Tlie Gross Gountry Gonference 

rHE LINE DRAWING accompanying this Editorial 
is now familiar to all readers of the Evangelist, for 
; has been appearing each week for some time. It is the 
amiliar "trade mark" of a new project for the Breth- 

What is the "Cross Country Conference?" It is a three 
ay Conference sponsored by the National Brethren Min- 
sterial Association. It is to be held simultaneously in 
ach local Brethren Church, under the direct leadershi]) 
f Pastor and Lay Leaders. 

It is something big! Bigger than any local church 
r individual. It is as big as the Denomination; that is 
rhy it is planned for all churches to hold their local meet- 
igs on the same days — January 18, 19, 20. There is 
luch to be gained by having the people of all our local 
hurches studying the same subject on the same days. 

It has a big subject. It is STEWARDSHIP. Without 
stewardship of Life, in all its component parts, — Talent, 
ime, energy, substance, etc., there can be no active, 
rowing, accomplishing Church or Denomination. 
! It merits the support of every Pastor, every Church 
loderator — Clerk, Secretary, Deacon, Deaconess, officer, 
|. S. Superintendent, officer and Teacher. Every Church 
luxiliary officer should also give full support to this 
lonference. Also, every lay member of the church should 
jive full support. 

j What is asked of you? Physically, your attendance at 
lanned meetings in your local Church on Friday, Sat- 
jrday, and Sunday. More than that, you are asked to 
ive of your desire, devotion, and energy to making your 
j)cal Conference a success. 

Is that asking too much? Not if your Church means 

ything to you at all! The Committee on the Conference 

s supplied each Pastor vdth plenty of materials. Sug- 
jestions have been made by direct mail to Pastors, and 
jirough the Evangelist to all Brethren. 

What is to be gained ? We ask, "What do you want to 
ain from such a Conference?" There is every reason 
) believe that with all Brethren learning, at the same 

time, on the same subject, there will be a general im- 
provement and gain in the total Stewardship of the 
Church. Such a gain is a prime necessity in our Church 

We must have, and shoilly, a gain, not alone in the 
Financial Stewardship, but a gain in the total Steward- 
ship of Life. Our hearts must be given more fully to the 
work of our church! If gain in this direction is made in 
your local Conference this month, then there will be great 
gain in the entire Church. 

We urge all readers of the Evangelist to avail them- 
selves of the benefits of this Conference. Your Pastor 
has the plans and details. Ask him, help him, and make 
your Conference a powei' in your Church. After all, what 
helps the local church helps the individual member and 
the Denomination. It thus helps the outreach of the 

We are praying and looking for gi*eat gains to come 
from this effort. Our Commendation goes to those who 
have planned it, and to all local workers in their efforts. 
Let every Brethren give full supi)ort, for great Bless- 
ings are at hand. — W. S. B. 

January 18. 19. 20. 1957 

Publication Day Offering 

JANUARY 20, 1957 
GOAL — Nor ress than $5,000 




into a 


Text: "You killed the pioneer of life." — Acts 
3:14-15 (Moffat) 

THE PHARISEES were looking toward "the 
day of the Lord." As they saw it, there was 
"a great day coming." They were absolutely 
right, but not in the way in which they were 
looking. They felt that God would speak in thun- 
der and lightning. There would be a shaking of 
the earth's foundations. A Messiah would come, 
riding clouds of glory. The corrupt would be 
crushed, the proud humbled, the high brought 
low, the righteous would live happily ever after, 
the ruthless rule of Rome would be smashed and 
Israel set free. 

So it is not surprising that the Pharisees would 
have none of Jesus. He did not come in any way 
which they expected. He came into Jerusalem 
riding on an ass, with no army of angels, no 
thunder or lightning. He had been born in a man- 
ger and reared in an obscure little town. Philip 
had asked "Can any good come out of Nazareth?" 
What is more Jesus talked of love and forgive- 
ness now, as if these qualities in life would shape 

(A sermon delivered in the Hillcrest Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio, January 1. 1956.) 

Rev. Percy C. Miller 

the future. He told a story of love and mercy o:! 
the road to Jericho and Jerusalem as if that haj 
something to do with the kingdom that was coirij 
ing. You remember he mentioned "a cup of cgIJ 
water." Also he said, "Inasmuch as ye have don I 
it unto one of the least of these, my brethreij 
ye have done it unto me." He ever searched thlj 
hearts of men, as if the issues of the future werl 
there. j 

But the Pharisees said, "Nonsense, He is spoil 
ing our hope." He is shattering our faith in thi 
future. "There is a great day coming," and wj 
can't be wrong. So they killed the pioneer of hfi' 
It sounds so contemporary. Destroy Hitler, elin' 
inate communism, get a new administration, an 
then we can make something of the future. ! 

Jesus was a pioneer of life where pioneerini 
needed most to be done, namely: in the possibilj 
ties of the eternal here and now. It is well tj 
dream of great tomorrows, but as Axton Clarl 
says, "You are the unopened tomorrows." Nj 
miracle by thunders and lightnings can changj 
you or make you in a moment what you have n(! 
become through a long succession of todays. 

Jesus wanted to see love. He wanted to do f<.\ 
all people, but the Pharisees said, "No, we wi{ 
not have this one. We do not need Him." Thej 
often contradicted themselves. They wanted whs 
Jesus had to offer. Yet they did not want Hir 
So they killed the pioneer of life. 

There possibly never was a day when mo: 
pioneering needed to be done than now. We s£ 

JANUARY 5, 1957 


this because there are so many things that are 
disturbing- mankind. We seem to be living in a 
time of great crises. But pioneering must come 
in and through Jesus ; the type of pioneering that 
Jesus wants. The time is ripe; it is here and 
now. Jesus is ready to help us now as He always 
is, for He is the same yesterday, today and for- 
ever. As He came to be the pioneer of life, so 
He is the pioneer of life today. Friends, as we 
begin this new year, what are we going to make 
of it? What we are going to be we are now be- 
coming. Today's turnings on the road is a token 
of tomorrow's destiny. 

When you read history, you are astonished to 
discover that there never was a day when men 
thought times were really good. We talk about 
"the good old days." Yet every generation has 
been haunted by the feeling of crises. The "good 
old days" did not seem so good to those who 
lived through them. They always could think of 
other ways that they might like to see things. 
Certainly our times are critical. We say so be- 
cause we do not know what tomorrow is going 
to bring. We are almost afraid to pick up the 
newspaper. We just do not know what we are 
going to face. But what we will make of our 
times and of ourselves will depend on whether 
|We can say with Mr. Hardy, "Thanks be to God 
|who hath matched us with this hour." We have 
j?reat powers and great capabilities, far beyond 
,what we are trying to do anything about. Jesus 
said, "Greater things than these shall ye do." 
klso He said, "Ask what ye will and it shall be 
given you; ask what ye will and it shall be done 
(into you." The fruit of your tomorrow is in the 
jnood of today. In other words, and to a great 
'extent, your tomorrow depends on what you are 
ioing today. 

Times were incredibly bad when Jesus lived, 
put He did not wait to be daring. He did not wait 
i'or times to change before He advanced. Evil 
limes were rife when Paul met Jesus on the Road 
to Damascus but he did not wait for better times 
pefore risking courage. It was good times when 
Uncoln began his career, but later on it was cor- 
'upt when the Civil War began. Speculation be- 
iran during this time; a time for cheating on war 
pntracts. Have we ever heard of such things 
lluring our day? But Lincoln did not wait to be- 
come Honest Abe. All of these men were wise 
|inough "to live for the best things in the worst 

After all, "The ground whereon thou standest 
holy ground." Too often we think the only holy 


ground on which we walk is in the church build- 
ing itself. Remember, my friends, God made the 
heavens and the earth. All things belong to Him. 
We walk on ground that is holy. And it is the 
only ground you have on which to nourish your 
character and fashion "the shape of things to 
come" in your life. 

Because so much depends upon the now, we 
are troubled by the mood in many men and wo- 
men. We are troubled by the thoughts that go 
through the minds of so many. There are those 
who say that they expect to be blown to bits 
within the next ten years by an atom bomb; 
therefore, are determined to have a good time. 
They say, "Why, believe me, I am going to have 
a good time." By a good time they mean expen- 
sive clothes, champagne, and parties. There are 
others that want to get all they can out of life 
by any means possible. So, people get worse think- 
ing there is no use getting better. What do we 
want the future to hold for us? Do we want it 
to be what it now is? 

But friends the future is now. What you are 
going to be you are now becoming. Today's cour- 
age is tomorrow's triumph and conquest. We 
must have the courage to advance. We must have 
the courage to pioneer, realizing that we are not 
alone in this venture. The Pioneer of life is ready 
to help us. Obviously NOW is the most serious 
problem of our future. The important bit of pio- 
neering we can do this year is in ourselves. It is 



up to US as individuals. It is up to us to either 
advance or to sit idly by and not do anything. 

The Pharisees were mistaken. They thought 
they had arrived where God intended for them 
to be, and that there didn't need to come any 
changes in their lives. They even said, "I thank 
Thee, Father, that I am not as other men are." 
They felt that they had become the perfect in- 
dividual. They killed the Pioneer of life. They 
killed the one who could really help them to make 
something of their lives. 

Psychologists remind us that we are using 
only a small part of our powers and capacities. 
"Ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you." 
"Ask what ye will and it shall be given you." My 
friends, we have not because we ask not. You 
say, "Well, God knows my need; why doesn't He 
supply it?" Let Him know what you want. Let 
Him know your desires. We are expected to 
pour out our petitions and supplications. He ever 
inclines His ear unto us. He is ready and anxious 
not only to hear our prayers but also to answer. 

How often have you heard the words, "I'm 
sorry, but I never have done anything like that ?" 
When asked to teach a Sunday School class, they 
say, "Oh, but I can't do it. You see, I have never 
done it." I called one time on a couple and sug- 
gested to them that they might find help in the 
church and, what was more, they might be very 
useful in the church. The lady spoke up and said: 
"Oh, but you see, we never have been church peo- 
ple." That, as far as she was concerned, settled 
the matter. "Not so, Lord, for I have never." 
This will spoil the spiritual possibilities of any 
individual. Because they never have they never 
do, failing to realize that the Pioneer of life can 
bring out miraculous things in an individual. 
They refuse to pioneer. Are we willing to 
pioneer? Are we willing to advance? Do we 
we want to advance spiritually? Are we 
willing to use the powers God has given to 
us? Remember, friends, God will pioneer with 
us. Some even feel that because they have never 
done a thing that God never intended for them 
to do it. One astonishing thing about genuine 
Christian faith is its capacity to liberate our pos- 
sibilities. God is ready to open many avenues of 
service for us, if we are ready to accept them. Do 
we have the faith to advance ? Do we want to see 
our church advance in the year that lies ahead? 
If so, our progress will depend upon each one of 
us. The degree of our advance will depend upon 
our willingness to advance; our willingness to 
pioneer. As an individual holds back, it just 

means that our church will be held back just tha| 
much. Our absence from a church service mean,l 
that our church is held back just that much. Lej 
us not in our own way kill again the Pioneer o| 
life; the One who is ready to pioneer with usi 

Prayer: Father, make of us what Thou would 
desire us to be. Help us to pioneer, realizing tha| 
Thou wilt help us. May we all be used to Th,! 
glory. May we see the "cause of Christ" advanc! 
in the year that lies ahead. May our church evej 
be a shining light in the community. May alj 
who see us as individuals, see us as ones whi 
know Thee, love Thee, and serve Thee. In thi 
name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, and our Blessed 
Lord and Saviour, we pray. Amen. | 

Dayton, Ohio. I 

Spiritual nDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

"Be ye thankful." Colossians 3:15. 

startling incidents. Such was the case with the devoi 
king, who was disturbed by the rank ingratitude of h 
royal court. Desiring to give them a concrete examp 
of their own ungratefulness he prepared a fine banqui 
for these ingrates. When he and his favored guests wei 
already seated, by a prearrangement, there shuffled int 
the hall a ragged beggar. Without permission from tl 
master of the feast, the beggar sat down at the king 
feast and gorged himself with the choice viands whic 
had been provided. Then, without saying a word of a] 
preciation for the privilege granted him, he rose ai 
left the banquet hall. 

The guests wei-e incensed at such effrontery and ii 
gratitude and united in a request to be granted permi ^ 
sion to seize the culprit and tear him to pieces. 

But the king refused the request, and then taugl 
them the lesson which his knowledge of their habits wa 
ranted him in administering. To the request to be privj 
leged to punish the tramp for his gluttony and selfishnesj 
the king replied: j 

"That beggar has done only once to an earthly kii|j 
what each of you does three times each day. You sit he, 
at the table and eat until you are satisfied. Then you waij 
away without recognizing' God, or expressing one word t 
thanks to Him." Wonder how the guests enjoyed tl 
meal ? 

God provides for each day all things needful for o' 
blessing and comfort, supplies every daily need. And 
He ministers to us daily let us every day heed the ecu j 
sel of His Word: "Be ye thankful." i 

-^NUARY 5, 1957 


An Open Letter to The Brethren Church 

Dear Brethren: 

The National Ministerial Association, in cooperatio^i with the Mission Board, invitees you to participate in 
the Cross Country Conference on STEWARDSHIP January 18, 19, 20, 1957. You have been hearing of this 
simultaneous conference for quite a while, but now we want to give you one tinal invitation to take part. 

As a Brethren minister your pastor will be conducting this simultaneous conference in your local church. 
At the same time churches all over the denomination will be studying the same subject — STEWARDSHIP. 

Study groups on Friday and Saturday will discuss how you can center all of your life in Christ. On Sun- 
day January 20, your pastor will have a message on the general subject of STEWARDSHIP. A simultaneous 
study of such an important subject to our church is bound to have tremendous effects. 

Look for details of this conference in your church bulletin, or ask your pastor or Stewardship Committee, Be- 
come a part of this most important church-wide study as it takes place in your church. Remember that your 
support is needed to make this conference a success. 

In His Service 

The National Ministerial Association. 

ewardship Education centers in Him, 


B alone can show you the Way to in- 
st all of your life. 

le Cross Country Conference in Janu- 
ijy aims to inform you that STEWARD- 
HIP is more than giving money. 

Ian to take part in all of the study 
s|3sions in your local church. 


An Editorial 



JANUARY is traditionally "Publication's Month." 

Once each year the work of the Publishing 
Company is in this way brought before the De- 

The rest of the year we endeavor to serve the 
cliurch through the production of our regular 
church periodicals, through service of our Book 
Store, and by special printing and job work. 

We, of the Publication Board and Company 
Staff, do have a responsibility to the Brethren 
Church. We are endeavoring to fulfill that re- 
sponsibility to the best of our ability commen- 
surate with our means and resources. 

Each member of the Brethren Church also has 
a responsibility to Brethren Publications. This re- 
sponsibility assumes the two-fold nature of the 
use of Brethren literature, and financial. 

We are not slow to proclaim that in recent 
years the Brethren Publishing Company has been 
"coming into its own" through continued good 
management, coupled with generally better busi- 
ness conditions. Also, through the continued 
faithful support of the Brethren in the annual 
Publication Day offering, our financial picture is 
much better than it was years ago. For this, we 
are truly grateful. 

In mentioning the above, we can never do so 
without reverently calling to mind the tremen- 
dous sacrifices of our leaders of years past who 
struggled with the Company during the years of 
debt, worn-out equipment, and lack of resources. 
We must never, never, forget the long hours, the 
personal investment of those who worked against 
great odds to pull the Company "out of the fire" 
and place it on the sound operating basis of today. 

What do we need to do to keep it that way? 
It is always the policy of the Publication Board 
to put back into our Brethren literature that 
which the Church gives in the Publication Da.\' 
offering. This is evidenced in that since our new 
building became debt free several years ago, we 
have been seeking to improve our literature. 

Both the Adult and Youth Quarterlies havi 
been increased from 48 to 68 pages, thereby prcj 
viding more materials for these age groups. Tw| 
.\'ears ago the Evangelist was given a "face lifti 
ing" and special "promotional" issues have beei 
produced by tlie Company for our Denominations ! 
Boards. ] 

Now, with the beginning of 1957, the "special! 
twenty page Evangelist is to become a regulai! 
every week feature. i 

There have been slight price increases alon 
the way, to be sure, but nothing in line with cos! 
increases. i 

We here at the Publishing Company well knoV 
that security hangs on a thread. A break-dowl 
of equipment, a sudden rise of material cost;' 
rising costs of production, are a few factors whicj 
could shortly change the picture. 

We are not pessimistic, just using good judg 
ment, when w^e say, "Now as never before, you; 
help is needed !" j 

In order to continue the present program c; 
Brethren Church literature, a Publication Day oi\ 
fering of not less than $5,000 is needed thij 
month. I 

There will be many ways in which the Brethre] 
Church will gain through its faithfulness in thij 
offering this month ! We mention several : 

1. A larger, more serviceable Brethren Evart 
geJist. i 

A gix)wing Church produces more news> of ill 
terest to all Brethren. More room is needed fcj 
dissemination of Church news. Reading needs c| 
a growing Church also increase, so more rooij 
is needed for spiritual, devotional, doctrinal, pnj 
motional and challenging materials. These w! 
plan to bring to you from week to week. 

2. Continued Sunday School Quarterly a(i| 

The subsidy provided by the Sunday Schcxj 
r>oard of the Brethren Church to help launch, tW 

Serving you the whole year through 

JANUARY 5, 1957 




enlarged Bible Class Quarterly several years ago, 
is in its third and last year, meaning that the 
Publishing Company will be assuming the full 
load on this "below cost to you" Quarterly this 
year. Further development in the field of Breth- 
ren S. S. literature will depend on your response 
in this year's Publication Day offering, 

3. The field of Brethren tract publication is 

There is a constant demand for presently 
printed tracts which will soon need reprinting, 
and for new tracts. These serve a valuable and 
helpful ministry among the Brethren, and pros- 
pective members of the Brethren Church. 

4. An increased investment in the Book Store. 

This part of the Publishing Company has been 
greatly expanded this fall, to better serve you on 
your orders for Bibles, books and all S. S. sup- 

It is evident that your Brethren Publishing 
Company is endeavoring to serve the Church in a 
constantly growing way, contributing its efforts 
to the total Denominational program. 

Your support this month in the Publication Day 
offering will largely determine the kind of ser- 
vice we can render henceforth. 

— W. S. B. 




rVO YEARS AGO a "face lifting" job was per- 
formed on the Evangelist. The now-familiar 
frontis was designed with the thought in mind 
of making the Evangelist a magazine which 
'would be recognized as such, regardless of which 
lissue was at hand. 

1 Much thought and "trial and error" went into 
the design. What we came up with was a front 
page design which, we feel, presents the whole 
Iscope of the message and ministry of the Breth- 
!ren Church. First, our background and doctrinal 
{basis — our rule of faith and practice — the Holy 
Bible. Second, the cross of Calvary upon which 
God's Son, Jesus Christ, died for the sins of men. 
Third, the message of this saving Christ for the 
whole world — at home and abroad. All of this we 
pndeavored to incorporate in the caption: "Pro- 
claiming the Whole Gospel, for the Whole World." 

In addition to the "face lifting," a series of 
'promotional issues" was planned, to appear in 
;he first issue of each month in which a Denomi- 
lational Board was lifting its annual offering. 
There were seven of these each year. The number 
)f pages of these special issues was increased to 

twenty. This enabled us to continue presenting 
all of our regular weekly features and still de- 
vote a large portion of that issue to the story, 
work, and needs of the particular Board. Four of 
the twenty pages were printed in color. 

This has been the Brethren Evangelist for the 
past two years. 

Now, what about 1957? As we have previously 
announced, the Evangelist will be 20 pages each 
week instead of 16. Four of these pages will be 
in color. 

Why the increase? The plain fact of the case 
is you, the reader. "Reader Interest" has had a 
large influence in prompting the Publication 
Board to take this step. Elsewhere in this issue 
we have noted that a growing Denomination 
needs a growing Church paper. 

There has been a need for material on addi- 
tional phases of church and spiritual life, othei' 
than those we have been covering. News from 
the churches is on the increase. There is need 
for a "beyond ourselves" outreach of interest. All 

(Continued on Page 12) 



Prayer Meeting Studies 

BROTHER C. Y. GILMER has been preparing these 
popular Bible Studies each week since September 1944. 
Brother Gilmer is pastor of our Church at Manteca, Cal- 
ifornia, is Moderator of the Northern California District 
Conference, which convenes this month, and for years 
served as the efficient General Conference Secretary. His 
address is 708 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, California. 


Sunday School Lesson Comments 

as a Staff Writer for the Evangelist in September 1954. 
His interesting comments on the Sunday School Lesson 
eacli week prove to be a helpful addition to the material 
appearing in our Quarterlies. Brother Anderson, pastor of 
our Church at Pleasant Hill, Ohio, is also secretary of 
the Ohio District Conference. His address is Box 128, 
l'lea.sant Hill, Ohio. 

Brethren Church History 

BROTHER FREEMAN ANKRUM'S articles on Breth- 
ren Church History appearing regularly in the second 
issue of each month, enjoy a wide reading among the 
Brethren, and a wide and growing audience among read- 
ers not of the Brethren Church. He joined the Evangelist 
Writer's family in December 1949. Brother Ankrum is the 
pastor of the St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church. He 
is the author of two books on Brethren Church History, 
"Alexander Mack, The Tunker and Descendants," and 
"Maryland and Pennsylvania Historical Sketches." His 
address is St. James, Maryland. 


Church Methods 

of Writers, taking over the Church Methods Department. 
Evangelist readers are familiar with his style of writing 
as he has contributed freely from his pen, and more re- 
cently has produced a series, at the Editor's request, on 
"We Worship Together." As a regular writer, his mate- 
rial will appear monthly in the Evangelist. Brother Berk- 
shire is pastor of the Brethren Church, Lanark, Illinois, 
and is the Secretary of the General Conference of the 
Brethren Chui-ch. His address is 220 E. Locust St., Lan- 
ark, Illinois. 


Brethren Doctrines 

BROTHER L. 0. McCARTNEYSMITH began his work 
as Evangelist Staff Writer in the field of Brethren Doc- 
trine in September 1951. He is pastor of the Brethren 
Church in Cumberland, Maryland. His address is 404 Race 
St., Cumberland, Maryland. 



BROTHER JOHN T. BYLER heads one of the ne\ 
partments beginning in this issue of the Evan^ 
That of Stewardship. His very helpful feature wil 
pear each week, and will contain many thoughts 
plans for the improvement of the Stewardship oi 
lives. Brother Byler is pastor of our church at New 
anon, Ohio, and is one of the newer members of the 
lication Board of the Brethren Church. His addn 
New Lebanon, Ohio. 


:V. J. D. HAMEL 

i Evangelism 

BROTHER J. D. HAMEL comes to the Evangelist as 

'liff Writer in the field of Evangelism. His will be a 
ijnthly feature, dealing with the ways, means and prob- 
ijis of personal and group evangelism. Brother Hamel 
sjpastor of the South Bend Brethren Church, is First 
re-President of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
'prch, and is Mission Representative on the Brethren 
(uth Board. He lives at 1214 S. Michigan Ave., South 
?tid, Indiana. 


Spiritual Meditations 

BROTHER DYOLL BELOTE, having occupied the Ed- 
itor's Chair some years ago, was no stranger to the ways 
of writing when he joined the Staff of Writers late in 
1945 with his popular column known as "Spiritual Medi- 
tations." Brother Belote, after many years in Brethren 
pastorates, as one time Missionary Board Secretary and 
as one time Editor of the Evangelist, retired several years 
ago, and is now enjoying his sunset years as a resident 
of the Brethren's Home. His address is: The Bi'ethren's 
Home, Flora, Indiana. 


Brethren Beliefs 

BROTHER WOODROW B. BRANT heads up another of 
the new Departments in the Evangelist. Known as "Breth- 
ren Beliefs," his department will deal, in its monthly 
contributions, with such subjects as "Why We are Breth- 
ren," "Basic Brethren Teachings," "Meeting Today's Prob- 
lems as Brethren," etc. Brother Brant is pastor of the 
Vinco, Pennsylvania, Brethi'en Church, and is a member 
of the Central Planning and Co-Ordinating Committee of 
the Brethren Church. His address is Mineral Point, R. D. 
1, Pennsylvania. 


The Evangelist also carries materials from Boards and 
organizations of the Church. 

Weekly features include— "Missionary Department" by 
W. Clayton Berkshire and Mrs. Ida Lindower for the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church; "Sunday 
School Suggestions" by Jerry Flora, for the Sunday 
School Board of the Brethren Church; "News From 
Brethren Youth" by Phil Lersch of the Brethren Youth 
Board; "The Women's Corner," by Mrs. Helen -lordan of 
the Woman's Missionai-y Society. 

The Evangelist also cari'ies Program materials for the 
Boys' Brotherhood, prepared by Percy C. Miller; and 
"Opinion" by H. A. Gossard, plus other articles, news and 
features from time to time. 

World Religious News Digest 

ANOTHER NEW DEPARTMENT, to be cared for by 
the Editor, is that of a World Religious News Digest to 
appear several times each month, as space may permit. 
This is an added feature of the Evangelist designed to 
keep you abreast of happenings in the religious world 
outside our own Denomination. 


is a term often used, but having an indefinite meaning. 
We use it here to remind all Brethren that all of our 
Staff Writers DONATE their time, effort and Awitings 
to the paper. We do not pay our Evangelist writers one 
cent. We do appreciate the wondei-ful response of these 
busy men for their willingness to write, without which 
we could not have a papei' each week. 




(Continued fi'om Page 9) 

of these, adding up, has prompted the Board to 
take this action. 

So, the Evangelist will carry its previous 
features, plus a number of new ones, all of which, 
we trust, will prove of value and help to all. 

As you probably already know, the subscription 
price of the Evangelist is now $2.00 a year, ex- 

cept where your subscription is part of a 100% 
Church group. (If yours is a "single" subscription 
the $2.00 rate will not apply until the time of 
your next renewal.) 

Because of the greatly increased cost of turn- 
ing out this bigger, and, what we trust, better 
Evangelist, and because of the limited amount of 
additional income anticipated from the small sub- 
scription price increase, it is most essential that 
the Brethren continue the fine support of the 
past in this year's Publication Day offering. 




HANDED TO THE EDITOR recently was an 
LIST, which had been stuffed in the wall of a 
building, and found when the building was re- 
cently torn down. The date of the paper was 
January 22, 1908. 

Yellowed with age, it nonetheless has some 
very excellent reading material in it, pertinent in 
its day, and likewise acceptable and needful for 

We were particularly attracted to an Editor- 
ial by the Editor of that time, Rev. A. D. Gnagey, 
on the subject, "A Church Paper." We were im- 
pressed by the sincerity of what he had to say, 
and of the amazing parallel that it bears to our 
own present day, and to the policy which we are 
endeavoring to follow in the printing of THE 

It is our desire to produce a Church paper that 
will meet the needs of the Brethren today, and 
as such we want to share with you these words 
of wisdom from a worthy predecessor. It is re- 
freshing to know that our policy today so closely 
follows that of years ago, for his was a sound 
policy in his day, and it continues sound today. 
Note particularly what Brothei- Gnagey has to 
say about the ix)sition of The Brethren Church. 
Out of the past, for today, we present : 

paper, not a newspaper. It does not attempt to 
summarize the weekly news of the world's pass- 
ing events; that is not its mission. It does aim 
to give interpretation to those events which in 
the Editor's judgment possess a distinctly relig- 
ious value, but this is not its chief aim. 

"It is a religious paper, aiming to furnish [ 
wholesome reading for the Christian home and j 
for private devotion; to cultivate a taste for lit- \ 
erature which while it instructs and refines the .i 
mind, at the same time cultivates the heart and ] 
makes for all that is best and highest in human j 

"But even this is not the real mission of a 
church paper; it is all this and more. 

record of the news, the work, and the thought 
of the church of which it is the official organ 
and in whose interests it is published. This de- 
termines the policy of the paper. 

the church; believes that the church as an or- 
ganization has a place, even in this our modern 
and complex civilization; that it answers a real 
need in human nature; that it fulfills a needful 
function in human life; that its existence is jus- 
tified. And, as is our faith in the church univer- 
sal, so is our faith in The Brethren Church ; 
The Brethren Evangelist believes her existence 
is justified, that we do a practical service to hu- 
manity and the cause of primitive Christianity in 
the promulgation of those Gospel principles which 
the Brethren Church holds as fundamental and 
essential; The Brethren Church has a rightful 
claim on the future; there is a distinct reason 
for her existence . . . 

"... That the weekly record of the news and 
the work of The Brethren Church may be what 
it ought to be, and to develop and direct the 
thought of the Church along sane lines and wise 
methods for the highest good and interest of her 
constituency, — this is the plea of The Evange- 
list, and this determines its policy." 


rANUARY 5, 1957 


SINCE OUR LAST Publication Day offering appeal, p 
there has taken place the home going of one whose ^f 
work and interest in Brethren Publications was outstand- 

Brother Willis E. Ronk, who was taken from us on 
April 24, 1956 following a short illness, was made Presi- 
dent of the Publication Board at the time reconstruction 
work of our Publications became necessary. Through the 
difficult and trying days which followed, Brother Ronk 
remained faithfully at his task, assisted by other valiant 
men of faith, vision and courage. 

Under Brother Ronk's leadership it was decided to 
abandon the rented Orange St. building and to erect a 
new building on College Ave. This was accomplished in 

The Brethren Church can be eternally grateful to 
Bz-other Ronk's leadership during those years of crisis. 

So, at this Publication Day offering time we feel it 
fitting to pay tribute to one, who having gone from us, 
has left for us and posterity a work, in Brethren Publica- 
tion Interests, which stands as a memorial to his lead- 
ership, and to those who worked with him in those days 
not too far removed from us — W. S. B. 

A Ijrihute to the late 

^ev. Willis E. Ronk 

^M.^M^A .J^Jl.i2iwi>L^ 

THIS PICTURE first appeared 
June 28, 1941, and shows W. E. 
Ronk and the steam shovel opera- 
tor, as ground was broken for the 
new Publishing house. The date 
was Thursday afternoon, June 5, 
1941. This was the beginning of a 
fine brick building, 46x86, which 
now houses your Publishing Plant, 
Book Store, Editorial and Business 
Offices, and apartments. Dedica- 
tion date was August 29, 1942. 









Serves You 

And Your Church 

1. The Brethren Evangelist, each week, brings you 
news, reports, and plans of, and for your Church. It brings 
to you the best of spiritual helps and articles. It is truly your 
Church paper, aimed at helping you and your church to 
grow spiritually. 

2. Brethren Sunday School Quarterlies, for Adults 
and Young People, bring to you the very best of Brethren 
teachings from Brethren writers. 

3. Through low-cost printing prices to other auxiliar- 
ies of the Church, the Publishing Company brings to you 
their printed materials about their work. 

4. By making use of Brethren written and Brethren 
printed tracts, pamphlets and books, you can emphasize 
Brethren teachings for the members of your church. The 
Brethren Publishing Company makes these tracts, etc., 
available to you at low cost. 

5. There are many other ways which we could men- 
tion in which The Brethren Publishing Company serves you, 
yet we can sum it all up by saying that we are in business 
to serve the whole program of the Brethren Church, thereby 
serving each local church, and each individual member. 


To keep the work of your Publishing Company on an 
even keel this year, your Publication Day offering should 
not fall below $5,000.00. To do so is to jeopardize your 
Publication work. We prayerfully seek your support in this 


JANUARY 5; 1957 



S?0 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contribotiof Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. G«n. Stt t 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Awiitaai 


BER 4, dawned bright and clear 
as has practically every Sunday 
morning in the two years of our meet- 
ing as a Brethren group and church 
here in Sarasota. Truly, the sun of 
our universe as well as the Son of 
Righteousness has smiled down upon 
us in a wonderful manner. 

On our second anniversary Sunday, 
we took occasion to make it a big 
day in our history by installing our 
new pastor. Brother Lyle Lichtenber- 
ger, in an afternoon service which 
was largely attended. In fact, the at- 
tendance nearly reached our last 
year's high of 85, for 64 were present 
at the Sunday school hour; 79 at the 
morning worship service; 67 stayed 
for the noon-time fellowship dinner, 
jand 70 were present for the installa- 
tion service, in charge of Reverend 
iFred C. Vanator, moderator of the 
church. The program follows: 

Prelude Mrs. Peggy Beekley at the piano 

Invocation Reverend Vanator 

Hymn . ."In the Service of the King" (Our theme song) 

Scripture Ephesians 6:10-18 (read responsively) 

jSolo "Thanks Be To God" Mrs. Eugene D. Spangler 

'Duet Shirley and Florabelle Walker 

Male Quartet — "Just Outside the Door. . .Allen Shaffer, 
Carl Mohler, Lyle Lichtenberger, F. C. Vanator 

Our Church— Its Aim Reverend Vanator 

Words of Welcome to Reverend Lichtenberger — Reverend 
A. A. Koestline for the City Ministerium 
Words of welcome to Mrs. Lichtenberger 

Mrs. F. C. Vanator 
Words of encouragement for the church 

Moderator Vanator 
Words of Fidelity: for the trustees — E.J. Faust, chairman 

for the Sunday School — Arthur Brenton, Superintendent 

for the W. M. S.— Mrs. Caroline Faust, President 

for the laymen — Carl E. Mohler, President 

Words of Acceptance Reverend Lichtenberger 

jHymn "He Keeps Me Singing" 

iBenediction and Postlude 

In the afternoon program the undersigned took oppor- 
tunity to review the past two years of our work as a 
church group. During these two years. Brother O. C. 
Lemert and I have shared the preaching and teaching 
asks of the church. He proved to be a good fellow worker, 
md we have rejoiced together over our progress which 
vas made under our joint ministry. 

Beginning with nine people at our first service, we rose 

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to a high of 41 the first year, as we met in the Vanator- 
Mohler residence on North Lime Avenue. Our moving to 
the Disabled American Vetei'ans' Hall on Fruitville Road 
on November 0, 1955, prov^ed to be very satisfactoi-y. 
During the height of our winter season we had a high 
of 85, with the average running in the high sixties. This 
year, as we begin our third year, the number of new per- 
manent residents, coupled with our returning winter resi- 
dents, bids fair to bring our attendance well of the 100 
mark in the very near future. 

The task is no light one which has been laid on the 
shoulders of our new pastor and his family. But he is 
beginning to round out a sound and sane forward-looking 
program, which is taking hold of our people and which 
speaks well for a rapid advance in the work here. When 
our new church is erected (we hope in the not too distant 
future, for preliminary plans are already drawn) then we 
feel that we can surely advance more i-apidly in the com- 
munity in which we are situated. 

I had thought) I would not write further for this group, 
but Brother Lichtenberger asked me to make this report, 
and as a good follower of my pastor, I am doing as he 
has asked. Keep our pastor and his flock upon your 
prayer list. 

Yours for the advance of Christ's cause in Sarasota, 

Fred C. \'anator. 

The accompanying picture was taken by the photog- 
rapher of the Sarasota Herald Tribune. 



Vrayer llfleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmef 


One little hour for watching with the Master, 

Eternal years to walk with Him in white; 

One little hour to bravely meet disaster, 

Eternal years to reign with Him in light; 

One little hour to suffer scorn and losses, 
Eternal years beyond earth's cruel frowns; 

One little hour to carry heavy crosses. 
Eternal years to wear unfading crowns; 

One little hour for weary toils and trials, 
Eternal years for calm and peaceful rest; 

One little hour for patient self-denials, 
Eternal years of life where life is blest. 

Then, souls, be brave and watch until tomorrow; 

Awake, arise, your lamps of purpose trim. 
Your Saviour speaks across the night of sorrow; 

Can ye not watch one little hour with Him? 

— Selected. 

THE PRESENT TRIALS as we await our completed 
salvation are only seasonal (1 Peter 1:6, 7). We do 
not mind present afflictions as they work "for us a far 
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor. 4:17, 
18). In lieu of what is ahead of the patient child of 
God we can find the pi'esent quite durable (Rom. 8:18). 
A life of ease would be only seasonal, too, and for worse 
than no profit (Heb. 11:25, 26). And so, we endure the 
immediate in light of the remote (Heb. 11:26, 27). Our 
present joy, which is but a foretaste, is "unspeakable and 
full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). 

The Christian life is one of readiness for our Lord's re- 
turn (Matt. 24:40-44). It is ours to watch and pray 
thi'ough life's short hour (Matt. 26:40, 41). By doing busi- 
ness for Christ we need "not be ashamed before Him at 
His coming" (Luke 19:13, 17). It will be they who are 
READY who shall enter in (Matt. 25:1-13). Do we really 
want the Lord to come back (Rev. 22:20) so that we 
may be like Him forevermore (1 John 3:1-3)? 

"Trim your lamps, and don't be sleeping; 

Time is short; 'tis short, beware. 
Put your life into His keeping. 

Then you'll meet Him in the air, 
There to be with Him forever. 

Face to face befoi-e Him stand! 
There to be, to see and know Him — 

See His smile and clasp His hand! 
Oh the joy (I cannot tell it) 

When I pass within the gate! 
For that day I now am longing, 

Praying as I watch and wait." 

No one knows just when Jesus will come (Matt. 24:36; 
Mark 13:32, 33). The unsaved will not be suspecting His 
coming (Matt. 24:37-39). There will not even be a brief 

warning of His coming (Matt. 24:42). It will be at i\ 
time wholly unexpected (Matt. 24:43). Therefore it be' 
hooves us to earnestly watch for His coming (Matt. 24:44j 
51). If we truly love Him we shall be doing His biddinj! 
(John 14:23), and will actually be looking for and lovinj- 
for Him to appear (2 Tim. 4:8). | 

Let us watch and give ourselves to the ministry of 
prayer: — 

"There's a holy, high vocation i 

Needing workers everywhere; j 

'Tis the highest form of service, \ 

'Tis the ministry of prayer. 
There's no weapon half so mighty | 

As the intercessors bear; 
Nor a broader field of service I 

Than the ministry of prayer." 



I Studi/iiis tkc Bitlc £ess<m I 

William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 13, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 3:16-4:11 

NO MAN IS IMMUNE to temptation. As long as mai 
is in the flesh and possesses a human nature, h 
will be subject to temptation. Sensing the weakness o 
human flesh, some have resigned themselves to a life o 
moral and spiritual defeat. 

But temptations and trials are meant to encourag: 
spiritual growth. Paul could say: "We glory in tribula 
tions also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience 
(Rom. 5:3). And James could add his approval witl 
these words: "Count it all joy when ye fall into diver 
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your fait: 
worketh patience" (James 1:2-3). 

It was Samuel Rutherford who rightly said: "God ca 
make a stepping-stone of the devil himself for settin; 
forward His work." Commenting on this, J. H. Jowet 
said: "And all this teaches me how I must think abou 
my temptations. I must look upon temptation as oppori 
tunity. I must regard it, not as something to be fearecj 
but as something to be spoiled . . . They are often fulj 
of menace, but splendid wealth lies behind the guns! Rej 
fuse to yield, and the wealth is yours!" ' 

We learn "How to Resist Temptation" from our Lord' 
40-day experience in the wilderness. 

The enemy always plans his attack at our weakest de 
fense. So it was in the life of Jesus. The Son of Ma 
had voluntarily identified Himself with mankind by bein 
baptized. God the Father stamped His seal of approvs 
upon the life and ministry of His Son by descendin, 
upon Him in the form of a dove and speaking fror 
heaven words of commendation. 

But now the Son of Man must suffer as a son. Fo 
40 long days and nights He had gone without food. H 
was hungry. His defense was down. The enemy woul 
choose this moment to attack. 

JANUARY 5, 1957 


"If Thou be the Son of God, command that these 
itones be made bread." Would Jesus yield to the demands 
)f the flesh and satisfy his craving hunger? In this mo- 
nent of weakness would He yield?" 

Strong and clear came the Master's reply: "It is writ- 
;en, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word 
;hat proceedeth out of the mouth of God." 

How to resist temptation? This is William Carvosso's 
mswer: "I have found in all my experience that in every 
;emptation the victory much depends on resisting the 
irst attack. To stop and reason for a moment is danger- 
)us. Is the object or gratification forbidden? That is 
mough if we truly love the Lord our God. But when we 
leliberate, we throw ourselves into the arms of Satan." 

What did the temptation of Jesus do for us ? The writer 
;o the Hebrew Christians tells us: "So He had to be 
nade like His brothers, so that He could be a sympa- 
hetic High Priest, as well as a faithful one, in things 
■elating to God, in order to atone for the people's sins, 
ror inasmuch as He has suffered Himself by being 
empted, He is able to give immediate help to any that 
ire tempted" (Wms.— Heb. 2:17-18). 

"Yield not to temptation. 

For yielding is sin; 
Each victory will help you 

Some other to win; 
Fight manfully onward, 

Dark passions subdue; 
Look ever to Jesus, 

He'll carry you through. 

To him that o'ercometh, 

God giveth a crown; 
Thro' faith we will conquer, 

Tho' often cast down; 
He who is our Savior, 

Our strength will renew; 
Look ever to Jesus, 

He'll carry you through." 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


rHERE ARE GIVEN TO ME as a Sunday school 
teacher thirty — not more than forty minutes out of 
jveiy week. In these thirty minutes I am to stand before 
! class of eternity-bound souls and teach the Word of 

' There are 10,080 minutes in every week. Out of this 
Ireat number I am given just thirty in which to teach 
he Bible to some people who never stay for the worship 
ervice. So far as I know, the only spiritual training 
lese people ever get is in Sunday school. Then do I 
ave any time to waste in talking about current events 
jnd secular happenings of the week? No! No! I must make 
]very precious minute count! I must give account to God 
or each of these golden moments. 

In my secret place of prayer I will not pray for my 
pupils as a group, vaguely; but I shall present them daily 
before the throne of grace one by one, calling each by 
name. I shall plead for them "as a man pleadeth for 
a friend." I will tarry at prayer and ask that He would 
cause my heart to bum with holy zeal, so that I may 
teach the Word with boldness and God-given authority. 
I know that I cannot possibly teach more than I have 
already learned at the feet of the Master. 

Realizing that all our human labor is in vain and that 
only what is done for Christ will stand the test of eter- 
nity, ought we not to forfeit nights of sleep and daily 
meals to fast and pray until God can see His people 
humbling themselves, confessing their sins of carelessness, 
neglect, and lethargy concerning the things of God ? Then 
He will hear out of His holy hill and will answer the 
prayers of His people. 

Teacher, many souls will cross your path in the twelve 
months ahead. Will they slip through your fingers and 
go out to be eternally lost — all because you wasted the 
class period and failed in prayer? Or will you covenant 
that by the grace of God you will stand in the gap and 
fight the good fight of faith, praying the effectual prayer 
that will avail them life eternal ? 

Each week has 10,080 minutes; thirty of them are yours 
for the gi-eatest job in the world. Remember the golden 

Stewardship Thoughts 

by John T. Byler 

Matthew 6:22 

A LITTLE BOY was one time asked to give his defini- 
tion of a saint. His experience with saints included 
an observation of the sun-filled stained glass windows in 
his church on Sunday mornings when his eyes roved 
during his pastor's sermons. So, quite naturally, his re- 
sponse to the request was rather simple. He replied: 
"A saint is a person that the light shines through." 

If I were to tiy for a long time to give you a better 
definition of a saint, I am sure I would fail. And I am 
convinced as I prepare this first bx-ief article on the 
general theme of Stewardship, it would be difficult to 
find a better definition of a Steward than the one that the 
little boy applied to his saint. Using his definition, I should 
simply like to say, "A Steward is a person that the light 
shines through." 

As Christians this is what is expected of us. All are 
called upon to be stewards, and Jesus Himself taught 
that we should let our lights shine before men that the 
Father in Heaven might be glorified through our good 
works. This is stewardship — whether it be through the 
giving of time, money, effort, talent, thoughts, motives, 
or life itself. 

How do you rate in the matter of stewardship? Are 
you a saint in stained glass to all around you ? 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


OFTEN HEARD after "Santa" has come and gone: 
"Well, what did you get for Christmas this year?" 
Seldom uttered under same circumstances: "Well, what 
did you give for Christmas this year?" 

Thought: (Where is the greatest blessing, Brethren? 
If in doubt, the answer is in Acts 20:35. Let's ask each 
other about the blessings some year.) 


Hear Ye. Hear Ye!! It's going to be superb, colossal, 
enoi-mous, spectacular, wonderful, gigantic, huge, vast, im- 
mense, mammoth, tremendous, immeasurable — Stop! 
(I only have a small thesaui-us.) I'm talking about the 
are described elsewhere in THIS issue of the Brethren 
Evangelist, Look it up!! 


Northern Indiana rally in Milford February 17 

Southern Indiana rally in Marion February 18 

ANCIENT HISTORY from Masontown 

Without trying to infringe upon Rev. Freeman An- 
krum's Church History Department, I would like to re- 
port an event of the past. This ancient occasion took 
place in Masontown, Pennsylvania waaaaay back on No- 
vember 10th. The year? in "old" 195G. 

About 100 Pa. Brethren Youth were present for this 
successful rally. (A Side: So often, in reporting the 
number present at our several district rallies this fall, 
I received the word that there were! "about .100 present." 
This is fine, but as the time for our Spring, rallies rolls 
around let me tell you this — I'd much rather sendythis 
report to the printers, "about 150 were present." This 
goes for all districts, not just Pennsylvania. It's up to 
you! End "A Side"). Here's the scoop on the rally . . . 

Theme: "Youth Calls the Play" 

Line up and Registration 

Warm up time with games ■ ' , ' 

Kick Off 

Welcome by Assistant Coach, Charles Berkshire 

Choruses by the saved 

Calling Plays by memory, the scjuad 
Second Quarter 

Prayer by the referee 

Reading by the center 

Backfield in motion, quartet 
Third Quarter 

Band sounding off and the singing of Alma Mater 
■ Touchdown by the coach. Rev. Harold Bamett 
Fourth Quarter 

Lateral (Business) — Judy Chepes 

Time Out — Prayer by Rev. Mills 
Shift to the Concession Stand in the Neutral Zone. 

This sounds like a great idea. Maybe your youth grou;j 
could use it next fall for a rally. The Pennsylvania Dis' 
trict Youth Board has planned another I'ally for February 
but the date is still a big secret. We'll let you know i: 
plenty of time, though! ] 


Beginning this week, and evez-y week hereafter, Billf 
Booth will be sending each pastor a postcard full ol 
Brethren Youth ideas and news. This new service o! 
Brethren Youth will help keep the pastors up-to-date o ' 
B. Y. work and also supply them with Sunday Bulleti 1 
quips, project slogans, and B. Y. Crusader announcements j 

The pastors are receiving a special notice explainin | 
THE PASTOR'S POSTCARD, but we wanted you-all tj 
know about it too. 


Two of our active Brethren Youth, Shirley Heisler fror 
Waterloo, Iowa, and Colleen Steimle from Elkhart, Ir 
diana, have been accepted by the Brethren Service Com 
mission of the Church of the Brethren to participate in a 
raer of 1957. 

They have followed the suggestion and example of Mis 
Julia King (Brethren Evangelist, Dec, 15, 1956) to "ser\; 
because they love the Lord." Best wishes and God's bless! 
ing, girls. We'll look forward to hearing more from yo 
later. j 

S, N, E, O. B. Y. R, I 

We urge your presence at the Senior North Easterj 
Ohio Brethren Youth Rally to be held in Louisville oi 
Sunday, Januai-y 27, 1957. Registration will begin at 2:lj 
and the program proper will begin at 3:00. i 

I shall be whiter than snow." (Ps, 51:7b) We promise al 
interesting program and fine Christian fellowship fc 
everyone attending. | 

The registration is $.66 and reservations must be seii 

by January 22 to: ' j j 

Judith Sainer i 

1202 East Main Street I 

Louisville, Ohio | 

Don't forget your district project offering and conte;| 

suggestions. Who will win the attendance banner? S(! 

vou there!! | 


National B, Y, Project 

Have you begun yet? 



(live through yf)ur local Church, or if this is not p<> 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurer 
also please note: 


Make checks payable to The Brethren Publishing Cor 
pany, and address The Brethren Publishing Compar 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

FANUARY 5, 1957 






FEBRUARY 22-24, 1957 
Ashland College and Brethren Youth join to 
nvite all Brethren high school Juniors and Se- 
liors to the Ashland College campus for BRETH- 
REN COLLEGE DAYS, February 22-24. 

The occasion is planned : 
;i) to acquaint Brethren Youth with what our 

college has to offer, and 
[2) to bring- our young people together for a de- 
nomination-wide Brethren Youth Rally 




Trinity Brethren Church, 

7th & Gibbs, N. E., Canton, Ohio 

Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:45 P. M. 

! Tickets, $1.25. Reservations must be in by Jan- 

jiary 15th. Send them to Mr. Art King, 1924 

)th St., S. E., Canton, Ohio. Phone: Gl-26438. 

lleservations are important if you waist anything 

iO eat 1 




January 24-27, 1957 

iLathrop Brethren Church, Lathrop, California 


Mrs. George Drushal 

I Sept. 30. Sun. Extra good attendance here. Average 
It other places, Cleo Campbell and Rosa Lee Dobbins, 
loth former students, her© for the day. They sang a duet 
It church, "Transformed." It was a wonderful testimony 
hear these girls, really transformed by grace divine, 
ing with such sincerity. Cleo and Orlena took charge of 
Idah's Bible class up Fugate's Fork while Rosa Lee took 

Adah up to Home Place Hospital with Virginia, who is 
sick. John Knutti preached here tonight. 

Oct. 1. Men. Mail brought no word from any teacher. 
Mrs. Joseph can only teach till Wed. and we have no 
one to take her place. Had special prayer for guidance 
at our faculty meeting. No other special business at fac- 
ulty meeting. Only a couple demerits handed in. Decided 
what to do about the Fair on Friday. Decided to put up 
more swings for children. 

Oct. 3. Wed. Mr. and Mrs. John Heykoop here this af- 
ternoon. Miss Hagen with them. She MIGHT come back 
and teach, but) not sure. She gave us the name of a woman 
in Wisconsin who might come. Adah to Jackson to call 
her up over the phone, but she was getting ready to 
go to the foreign field. We are not disheartened as we 
KNOW the Lord will enable us to keep going. Mrs. Joseph 
is not returning tomorrow. Adah's plans for tomorrow 
are to combine classes in the forenoon, then there will 
be a ball game in the afternoon. Then Friday all will 
go to the school Fair at Jackson, and we are trusting 
the Lord to provide for Monday. 

Oct. 4. Thurs. Heykoops here on tlieir way back from 
their trip yesterday. Had a nice visit with them. He is 
a member of our Board of Directors and we discussed 
our problems with him. Our teacher shortage is not our 
only problem. 

Oct. 6. Sat. Guests from West Alexandi-ia arrived, 
Mrs. Alice Haines, Phyllis Jones, Mrs. Ruth Gilbert, Rose- 
mary Spitler and Mrs. Edna Spitler. Appreciate the 
things they brought. Glad they are staying all night. 
So many of our guests make such short visits. 

Oct. 8. Mon. Our revival meeting began. Brother W. E. 
Thomas, our evangelist, arrived today. Bro. Shoemaker 
came along with him. Had first service tonight. Got along 
all right with school. Mrs. Teed took three high school 
classes, Adah took one more and I took Home Ec. Mr. 
Teed has the Manual Training. Don't know how long 
we can keep going this way, but the Lord knows. 

Oct. 9 to 19. Duration of revival meeting. Had good 
weather, good attendance, good singing, good sermons 
and good results. Quite a number came forward for re- 
consecration and for accepting Christ. Bro. Thomas 
led the singing and had a children's choir and also one 
for the young folks. It was a victorious meeting. Brother 
Shoemaker made himself helpful around the house. He 
finished up the inside of the new parsonage, made the 
kitchen cabinet drawers, fixed the doors, made a book case 
for our circulating library and was always seeing something 
to be done to give the house a finished look. Each day 
he found something to finish. It was nice to have a home 
in which to keep these two brothers. They left tonight 
(Oct. 19). It has been an exceptionally pleasant two 
weeks for us. 

Oct. 20, Sat. Mrs. Ged Sti-ong died last night. They 
sent for Papa to come to the home for services tonight. 
As is our custom here we have preaching and singing 
at the home each night until the burial. Adah took some 
of the school girls along to help with the singing and 
she and Evelyn Jackson sang a duet. Papa sent telegram 
to Miss Hooks asking her to come. Miss Stoffer got a 
letter from her saying she would come if we could get 
no one else. Mr. and Mr^. Denlinger, of Dayton, Ohio, 
here for a few hours. 

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Rev. Freeman Ankrum, 
holding the Longmeadow 
Bible, the subject of this 
month's Historical article. 
Story begins on page 

— Photo by Mrs. 
Freeman Ankrum. 

Vol. LXXIX January 12, 1957 No. 2 


Proclaimins the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. From Brother Fred C. Van- 
ator, we have received the following: "Sunday, December 
9th, was a great day for the church here. The attendance 
topped any we have had so far, for there were 94 present. 
The interest mounts as the days go on. We are sure 
that we will top the 100 mark before the end of the year 
1956. But for sickness and necessary absence from the 
city we would have made it on the 9th. Keep your eyes on 

OAK HILL, W. VA. Dr. Harry A. Duncan, a member 
of the Oak Hill Brethren Church, has been appearing as 
a contestant on the nation-wide television program, 
"Break the $250,000 Bank." On the New Year's Night 
telecast. Dr. Duncan, who had ' successfully reached the 
$60,000 point, decided not to risk losing his earnings 
through further questioning. As a result. Dr. Duncan was 
able to leave the program with a check for $60,000. Dr. 
Duncan, who is a practicing dentist at Oak Hill, al- 
though having reached a full maturity of years (when 
most men have retired,) is a beloved and respected mem- 
ber and worker in the Oak Hill church. He serves as a 
deacon in the church. Dr. Duncan's field on the telecast 
was "World Religions," in which he proved himself a 
master of knowledge. Among his numerous friends who 
appeared with him on the various telecasts were mem- 
bers of his family; Mr. Ed Hall, a deacon in the Oak 
Hill church; his pastor. Brother Milton M. Robinson, and 
Brother Robinson's mother. We say, "Congratulations, 
Dr. Duncan, on your achievement." 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The St. James church is 
the scheduled host for a meeting of the Southeastern Dis- 
trict Executive Committee, and the Educational Board 
of the District at a meeting on January 12th. The Loyal 
Ladies class of the church plans a meal for the dozen or 
more members of the two boards. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
conducted daily devotions over WTTR, Westminster, on 
December 27th. 

REN. Brother N. Victor Leatherman has begun the pub- 
lication of "The Provocator," in the form of a mimeo- 
graphed mid-week news bulletin, for the members of his 
church. It contains news of services, reports, questions on 

Christian living, etc. Wayne Heights thus joins a growi I 
group of our churches which have learned the value t 
a mid-week news letter to parish families. ! 

BERLIN, PENNA. We quote from the Berlin bulleti! 
"Plans ai-e now under way to begin a Sunday Schtf 
calling program in order to reach the unsaved and the 
without a Church Home in our community." i 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Three new members were ] 
ceived into the church recently. I 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. Brother Robert L. Hoffrajj 
notes in the Smithville "Cross-Beams," that fifty-ni! 
people had perfect attendance in their Sunday Schcj 
during 1956. Half of this number were for three yea I 
or more, with two of them rounding out fifteen years, j 

Missionary Committee of the church is planning a spec j 
service and reception for missionaries Krafts and Bj 
chofs for Sunday evening, January 27th. The Krafts aj 
Bischofs will be sailing for Nigeria, Africa, on Febii 
ary 6th. i 

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Trinity Brethren Church, 

7th & Gibbs, N. E., Canton, Ohio 

Tuesday, January 22nd, 6 :45 P. M. | 

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5th St., S. E., Canton, Ohio. Phone: G1-2643J 

Reservations are important if you want anythni 

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MUNCIE, INDIANA. Revival Services— January 14 
— Rev. William Thomas, Evangelist, Rev. E. J. Bla( 

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. (Fifth and Commer 
Sts.) Revival Services — Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 — Rev. Alvin 
Grumbling, Evangelist; Howard Crom, Interim Pastor. 




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THE BELLS OF THE NEW YEAR have rung out the 
coming of 1957, and for most of us, life has settled 
down to the regular routine which was our practice be- 
fore the "holiday rush" began. However, in beginning an- 
other new year, we find, in the heart of mankind, the 
question, "What about 1957?" 

Will it be a year of peace in the world, or will the 
present world tensions which have been smouldering for 
some time, break forth into armed conflict? (Is there a 
man who would want to assert himse'f positively one 
way or another?) 

Our eyes are upon the middle east, especially since 
our government seems intent on taking the step to pre- 
vent complete Communist domination of that area. 
Whether the decision is good or bad is not for us to say. 
The presence of men and munitions from the United 
States in the middle east, with the avowed purpose of 
"keeping the peace," invites open warfare and another 
Korea. To turn our backs on the situation is to invite 
complete domination by Communist Russia, bringing the 
threat of total world domination by the Communists a 
•step closer to our shores. 

■ We have stated from time to time that the conflict 
between the free world and Communism is not alone a 
jcold war between nations; it is a conflict between basic 
beliefs, namely, the Christian religion and Satanic, pagan 
efforts. An idea of the basic aims of Communism in their 
goal of world domination is evidenced in a series of car- 
jtoons which appeared some years ago. Dr. W. E. Bieder- 
jwolf, in his message, "Awake, America," mentions 
jthese: "One cartoon shows a Red soldier kicking over 
ichurches, while in another he is kicking God off the 
jearth; another shows a Red workman dumping Christ 
jout of a Red wheel-barrow into the refuse." We should 
ialso remember that the Communists hate every form of 
religion, hating especially the religion of Jesus Christ, 
jsaying that "It is an opiate that deadens and destroys 
|the people." That is a picture of the enemy, spirit-Satan- 
ic, which we are being called to reckon with in the armed 
[might of Communist Russia. It is not a very pleasant 
jpicture for 1957, but it cannot be ignored. 

There is one great ray of hope on the horizon. It is 
'as bright as we are willing to make it. That ray of hope 
lis our Christian faith. Yes, these may be times of test- 
jings, but we can prove successful through a positive, 
active Christian faith and witness. The light reveals the 

truth to mens' hearts. Deeds of evil cannot stand the 
light. If we Christians, we Americans, are full of the 
desire to hold out to the free world a message of hope 
and peace through faith in Jesus Christ, we shall find 
this year to be a good one. God honors His Word, and 
the faithful witness of His believing children. There is 
no evil, no fiendish contraption of man's mad desire to 
destroy other men which cannot successfully be defeated 
by a people dedicated to God, proclaiming the saving 
grace of our Lord. Our strongest argument in 1957 
against Communist Russia, is the practice of a genuine 
faith in God which finds us faithful at the house of 
worship, in prayer and Bible reading, helping our fellow 
men in the name of our Lord. W. S. B. 


Pray for the Cross Country Conference on January 18, 
19, 20, 1957 

This simultaneous study on STEWARDSHIP will have 
far-reaching effects on our denomination if we all work 
together in each of our churches. 

Let us pray and work together that God will have 
His way with us during this church-wide study on "In- 
vesting all of Life." 

National Brethren Ministerial Association. 





ren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 


AS BOOKS GO, I am not so old. But measured by 
man's span, I am getting up in years. My life 
from the time I left the Publisher has seen many 
changes in this country. Men have come and gone, but 
I am just as strong and virile as when I left Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania in 1850, just 107 years ago. As to 
size, I am of normal dimensions for a Bible designed 
to be used in a church pulpit. My size is 8% by 11% 
inches, and I am 3% inches thick. I have 1440 pages. My 
publishers were in Philadelphia. They were Lippencott, 
Grant and Company, successors to George Elliot and 
Company, Number 14 North Fourth Street. I was not 
very old when I came to Washington County, Mary- 
land. Most of my life has been spent in the Longmeadow 
Brethren Church, just a short distance North of Hagers- 
town, Washington County. This church was built in 
1853, when I was just three years old. Professor J. M. 
Henry, states that, the work at Longmeadow started 
quite early in the middle of the eighteenth century but 
no permanent organization was made for nearly one 
hundred years. The first services were held in the homes 
of the early settlers who later attended the Conococh- 
eague church in the bounds of what was known in the 
early days as Antietam. 

These people were German Baptist people, or as they 
were often called by the nickname which became de- 
scriptive in later days, "Dunkards." This was because 
of their method of baptism by immersion or "dunking." 

The Longmeadow church takes its name from the 
early patent. Thomas Cresaps, both loved and hated, 
owned much of the land, securing his patent in June 16, 
1739. The territory on the border line of Maryland and 
Pennsylvania was in dispute and much bloodshed re- 
sulted over the conflicting claims. 

After these pious people had met in their homes for 
some time they had a chance to use a school house as 
was the custom in those pioneer days. This house was 
built in 1832, and used until 1850. The school building 
gradually fell into ruins, and a meeting was called to 
see about rebuilding it. Instead they agreed to build 
a new house dedicated alone to the worship of the liv- 
ing God. 

Among the people present when they decided what 
action they would take was Jonas Rowland. Minds dif- 
fered, tempers flared and words were not always kind, 
so Jonas told them that he would burn the brick and 
build the church at his own expense. The first struc- 

ture was a building 30 by 40 feet which was finished! 
and dedicated in 1853. The membership made such rapid; 
growth that in twenty-eight years they had outgrown I 
the structure and built a new building 40 by 70 feet, i 
In recent years it was found necessary to add to this' 
structure, which was done in 1950. It now stands on' 
the knoll surrounded by mighty oaks that have weath-ij 
ered the storms of many years. j 

The following men have served as Pastors of the, 
Longmeadow church and have fondly turned my pages, 
and read my messages to the listening congregations: 
Joseph Wolf, Henry Koontz, Jacob Helbarger, Joseph i 
and Leonard Emmert, Andrew Cost, Daniel F. Stouf- 
fer, Barton Shoup, F. D. Anthony, Abram Rowland,' 
John, Harry and Elmer Rowland, J. A. Butterbaugh and 
Harry Zeller. | 

Jacob Gilbert was the owner of much land, and the 
father of Ann Rowland whom I shall mention later on.j 
It was she who gave the 2% acres of land in 1853 fori 
the new church. She feared neither man nor beast, but! 
revered God only. 

Before my coming into existence, the German Preach- 1 
er, Martin Urner, had preached all through this section, 
of the new country uniting many of the German peo- 
ple who had fellowshipped in various churches, under 
the Dunkard banner. \ 

About 40 years ago the much use that I had under- 1 
gone necessitated that I have a new binding, so I re-| 
ceived one. That makes me just as I was in my youth, i 
Then in 1939 I was retired from the public pulpit use] 
after my many years of service. Paul Petre purchased i 
a successor for me and took me into his own home. 
After the course of time he died and his wife feeling: 
that in as much as my life had been spent in the Dunk- 
ard church and she was of another church, and that 
I would feel more at home among those whom I had 
served through sunshine and shadow, gave me to Paul's 
brother Luke who has had my care for the past twelve! 
years. He keeps me very carefully in his home at Para-! 
mount near Hagerstown and close to the church where 
I had so many experiences. It was at his home that 
he permitted a photograph to be taken of me with The 
Reverend Freeman Ankrum, thinking that you might 
be interested in how I look. 

I might state that when they remodeled the Long-, 
meadow church in 1950 that they laid the corner stone i 


JANUARY 12, 1957 


The Longmeadow Church, near Hagerstown, 
Maryland, as it appears today. The Long- 
meadow Bible was used for many years in 
this Church. 

on April 12, 1950 at 4:20 P. M. This stone was fur- 
nished by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Strite. Mrs. Strite was 
a great granddaughter of Ann Gilbert Rowland, who 
originally donated the ground for the church. The re- 
modeling in the main was an addition of a vestibule. 

I had not been placed in the church very long until 
there were war clouds in the air. It seemed as though 
the people could not agree in regard to colored people 
who had been originally brought here as slaves. Some 
thought that I justified slavery. These were mainly 
those who lived south of where I was located. Others 
who lived in my community and mainly north of my 
home felt just as strongly the other way. In my home 
state of Maryland, families were divided. Boys, when 
war was declared enlisted. Some wore the Blue of the 
north and some wore the Gray of the south. In fact 
my home state has a monument upon Antietam's battle- 
field erected to the memory of the boys in both armies. 
This is the only monument of its kind. 

During the dark and troublesome days of 1862, armies 
roamed rather widely in my section of the country. Some 
of the men from the South crossed the Potomac River 
at Williamsport in September. It was just a short way 
from Williamsport, on the way to Hagerstown on Sep- 
tember 15, 1862 that one of General Robert E. Lee's 
wagon trains was captured by the Union Army. In as 
much as General Lee was getting ready to strike at 
what is called Antietam, in the North and Sharpsburg 
in the South, it was a severe blow to his hopes. He 
finally was forced across the Potomac River. 

Of course I did not see General Lee in 1862, but there 
was much concern and conversation among the church 
people which I overheard about him and his threats to 
the peace of the community. 

It was in 1863, on June 15 that General Lee's army 
crossed the Potomac River at Williamsport, on their 
way to invade Pennsylvania. They traveled slowly. The 
men were tired and the equipment worn. Their horses 
showed the results of much work and little feed. In 
fact they camped in the grove near the church where I 
was located. While they did not damage any of the 
property, the horses were so hungry that when the 
riders tied them to nearby trees they ate the bark off 

them as high as they could reach. General Lee was 
aged very much from the descriptions I had had of him 
of the year before. His beard was streaked with gray 
and his hair was even more so. It had been a heavy 
responsibility, and serious choice when he chose to go with 
his native state of Virginia. There must have been caused 
sober thoughts when he counciled with Mrs. Lee, who 
was the grand daughter of Mrs. George Washington. 
A very religious man, he must have been the victim 
of misfortune in numerous ways. The General and his 
army spent some time in my neighborhood, and used 
the church, of course, right along. The soldiers were 
everywhere, hungry, ragged, tired and homesick. They 
begged provisions from the members of the community 
and of course were in great need of fresh horses, so 
they took what they could find. General Lee was con- 
siderate of his men and their possessions but at times 
there was little he could do to aid them in their lot. 

One of the horses owned by Ann Gilbert Rowland, 
was a favorite buggy horse, named "Old Jen." She had 
been hidden in the barn approach. Hearing sounds and 
becoming lonesome a nicker gave away her hiding place. 
So she was taken. Ann Rowland lost no time in taking 
her case to an inferior officer but marched right up to 
the church grove and affronted General Lee, When 
she told of her need he said, "If you are so brave as 
to request the return of your horse, you shall have 
her back." She got back the horse but only for a short 
time when she was taken again not to be returned. The 
General may have been moved because of his faithful 
steed. His favorite horse, Traveller, was constantly in 
the grove by the church. It was a long way that this 
faithful steed had come from the top of Sewell Moun- 
tain, in what is now West Virginia to the lowlands of 
the Cumberland Valley in Maryland. No wonder the 
sculptor who created the monument of General Lee and 
his faithful steed showed them both at Gettysburg look- 
ing over the broad meadow of death where General 
Picket made his ill-fated and terrible charge. Traveller 
on the monument seems to be as much interested in 
what was going on as was his Master. 

Mrs. Rowland was much concerned about the church 
furnishings and myself as well. She went to the Gen- 
eral and asked him about taking me into her home 



for safe keeping. General Lee replied to her that he 
used me each morning in his devotions and would as- 
sure her that I would be well taken care of. The Gen- 
eral kept his word and as long as he was camped there 
on his way to Pennsylvania, he used me lovingly and 

Ann Rowland had to work alone as her husband 
Jonas had injured his back in building the large ramp 
to the barn. He was wheeling stone and as a result of 
his injury died after a long lingering illness in 1855. 
The large barn with the stone approach stands today 
as it has stood for a century. The task of rearing her 
eight children caused Ann Rowland to realize that I 
could inspire her and help her more than any other 

General Lee was so much impressed with Mrs. Row- 
land, her bravery and strength of character that he 
posted a guard at the large barn, to see that it was 
not damaged or injured in any way by the soldiers. One 
of the guard was a Methodist Preacher. While he was 
in the army his heart was not too much in the cause 
of war, and he was careful not to shoot any one. I 
learned to know General Lee very well as he carefully 
read from my pages from morning to morning. The 
summer sun would not be much over South Mountain, 
until he w^ould with some of his officers carefully take 
me and open to some of my passages which he found 
an aid and help to him. With such peaceful scenes on 
every side and the fields lush with greenery, it was in- 
consistent that men were setting forth to kill one an- 

After some time the soldiers and officers left and 
marched on into Pennsylvania. I saw few of them after 
they had left for many of them never came back, but 
were left upon the terrible field of Gettysburg. Some of 
them were brought back in Ambulances, crippled and 
bleeding, with every jolt of the wagon sending intense 
pains through their emaciated forms. Following the re- 
treat from the defeat of Gettysburg, General Lee was 
held up at Williamsport for some time by high waters 
on the Potomac River. There being no bridges he was 

unable to cross until the river had gone down. So he, 
being a great letter writer, wrote some letters to his 
wife in the South. Mrs. Lee had written him that their 
son Fitzhugh had been captured. General Lee wrote from 
near Williamsport to Mrs. Lee as follows: 

"I have heard with great grief that Fitzhugh has been 
captured by the enemy. Had not expected that he would 
be taken from his bed and carried off, but we must bear 
this additional affliction with fortitude and resigna- 
tion, and not repine the will of God. It will eventuate 
in some good that we know not of now. We must bear 
our labours and hardships manfully. Our noble men are 
cheerful and confident. I constantly remember you in 
my thoughts and prayers." 

No matter how heavy the burdens of the cause, which 
was destined to be The Lost Cause, rested upon him he 
was ever mindful of his family and his religion. While 
waiting for the waters to go down, even as they did in 
far off days that I record, he wrote on July 12, 1863 
from near Hagerstown, Maryland: 

"The consequences of war are horrid enough at best, 
surrounded by all ameliorations of civilization and Chris- 
tianity. I am very sorry for the injuries done the family 
at Hickory Hill, and particularly that dear old Uncle 
Williams, in his eightieth year, should be subjected to 
such treatment. But we cannot help it, and must endure 
it. You will, however learn before this reaches you that 
our success at Gettysburg was not so great as reported 
— in fact, that we failed to drive the enemy from his 
position, and that our ai*my withdrew to the Potomac. 
Had the river not unexpectedly risen, all would have been 
well with us; but God in His all-wise providence, willed 
otherwise, and our communications have been interrupted 
and almost cut off. The waters have subsided to about 
four feet, and if they continue, by tomorrow, I hope our 
communications will be open. I trust that a merciful God, 
our only hope and refuge, will not desert us in this hour 
of need, and will deliver us by His Almighty hand, that 
the whole world may recognize His power and all hearts 
be lifted up in adoration and praise of His unbounded 

(Continued on Page 14) 

Approach to the barn on the Ann 
Gilbert Rowland farm, where "Old 
Jen" was hidden in 1863. 

-Photo by Ankrum. 

JANUARY 12, 1957 



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is the time 

for all good men (and women) 

to come to the aid of the missionary program 

with their 



EMEMBER the time when we Brethren were say- 
_ _ ing, "Give us a good, active, forward-looking pro- 
gram of missions and we will support it?" Well, we have 
such a program; so let's keep our part of the agreement! 

NOW in Argentina we have two experienced missionaries 
carrying on a rapidly expanding program. The 
national workers — pastors and lay workers alike — 
are giving of their time, of their money and of 
themselves as never before. A new building has 
been purchased which must be remodeled to meet 
Argentine building specifications. A program of 
radio evangelism is being carried on with excel- 
lent results, but costing fast-increasing sums. Two 
new missionaries (John and Regina Rowsey) will 
be going to this field within a few months; two 
more are to go next year, and possibly two more 
the following year. 

NOW we have three adult missionaries well launched in 
the work in Nigeria; four more will be going in 
February (the Bischofs and the Krafts); others 
are in preparation for the field. A new chapel is 
being built at Waka; and a station (Mbororo) in 
Higiland is being constructed — all at considerably 
increasing prices. 

(These three missionary couples going out soon 
will require rather large expenditures of money for 
outfits, freight on equipment and ship passage — 
about $2,000 per couple.) 

NOW at Lost Creek we have a complete new parsonage 
for the Drushals to occupy at a cost of about 
$11,000; the classroom building, although not yet 
finished, has about $38,000 invested in it, some of 
which has been borrowed, to put it under roof 
and in a state not to deteriorate by weathering. 
The work there is growing, and concern in the 
community is encouraging. 

NOW at Krypton a jeep has been secured for Margaret 
Lowery's work, and it is of tremendous help to 
her. She needs more workers, and the Mission 
Board has committed itself to erecting a small 
dwelling for her when other helpers are available. 

NOW we have several new, thriving mission churches — 
Tucson, Waynesboro, Newark — which are growing 
encouragingly; Sarasota is praying and working 
toward a new building, and a group of eager, zeal- 
ous Brethren people at Phoenix, Arizona, are 
yearning for Brethren services and leadership. 
Many other evidences of growth might be listed. 

This should be sufficient to indicate that our pro- 
gram has increased many fold in the past several 
Pastors, church treasurers, organization heads, if you 
have mission funds in your treasuries, please send them 
to support our work — yours and mine. Our treasury is 
very low, and the work must go on. This is what we all 
asked for! 

Don't hold your funds for next month or next year. 
The need is 



We sometimes are asked this question regarding our 
mission funds; and since it is a perfectly valid question, 
we will list the receipts for December and expenditures 
for a corresponding period of time. 

Home Missions $10,894.57 

Foreign Missions 2,053.64 

Ten Dollar Club 270.00 

First Federal (transferred from savings to 

checking account for Waka chapel & Higi 

building) 2,900.00 

Lumber sold at Lost Creek 653.62 

Miscellaneous 126.00 


Literature and promotion (Thanksgiving lit- 
erature) $ 323.85 

Operation costs (Rent, light, heat, salaries, 

with, tax, social security, misc. gen'l expense $ 1,403.49 

Lost Creek 1,843.92 

Candidate Training 479.86 

Home Mission salaries 1,316.65 

Nigeria (includes $3,000 sent for Waka chapel 

and some Higi building materials) 6,426.93 

Argentina 3,075.40 

Annuity interest 150.25 

Ki'ypton expense 292.00 

Church extension (Tucson, Newark & 

Phoenix survey) 222.31 

Missionaries' equipment and outfit allowance. . 769.29 

Three missionary couples will be going out soon, with 
transportation costs of about $2,000.00 per couple. 


The Bischofs and Krafts were to have sailed on the 
"African Pilgrim" on February 9; however this has been 
changed to the "African Patriot" on February 7. NOTE 



Program of the 



January 24-27, 1957 

Uathrop Brethren Church, Lathrop, California 



Conference Theme: The Stewardship of the Gospel— 
1 Peter 4:10 

Thursday moniing, January 24 

10:00 Opening Session 

Devotional Mrs. John H. Frey 

Welcome . . William Ryhiner, Moderator, Lathrop 

Response of delegates 
10:30 Business Session 
11:30 Special Music 

Moderator's Address C. Y. Gilmer 

Thursday afternoon 

2:00 Devotions M. E. Gal! 

2:15 Presentation of General and Local interests 
Brethren Youth . . Boys' Brotherhood 

A. H. Grumbling 
The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 

C. Y'. Gilmer 
Progress Report of the Churches of this District 
3:30 Intermission 
3:35 Business Session 

Thursday evening 

G:45 Prayer Meeting J. Wesley Piatt, Leader 

7:00 Song Service 

7:15 Devotions Mrs. Joan Sperry 

7:30 Special Music 

7:45 "Travels In the Holy Land" .... Virgil E. Meyer 

8:30 Fellowship Hour 

Friday morning, January 25 

10:00 Song Service 

10:15 Devotions Julion Hallett 

10:30 Business Session 

11:30 Intermission 

11:35 Message Virgil E. Meyer 

Friday afternoon 

2:00 Devotions Lester Schmiedt 

2:15 Report on 1956 General Conference. .Howard Crom 

2:45 District Laymen's Organization Session 

3:15 District Woman's Missionary Society Session 

Friday evening 

6:45 Prayer Meeting Cecil Johnson 

7:00 Song Service 

7 :15 Devotions Harold Wolfe 

7:30 Special Music 

7:45 Message A. H. Grumbling f 

8:15 Brethren Anniversary Pictures ..Virgil E. Meyer i 

Saturday morning, January 26 

10:00 Song Service 

10:15 Devotions Harlin Lawrence f 

10:30 Business Session 

11:30 Intermission 

11:35 Message A. H. Gi-umblingi 

Saturday afternoon 

2:00 Devotions Lan-y Mullins I 

2:15 Business Session j 

2:45 Brethren Berean Band Session 

Saturday evening 

6:45 Prayer Meeting Howard Crom 

7:00 Song Service \ 

7:15 Devotions Mrs. A. H. Grumbling' 

7:30 Special Music j 

7 :45 Message Virgil E. Meyer ' 

8:15 Ashland College and Seminary Pictures 

Virgil E. Meyei- 

Sunday morning, January 27 I 

Regular Sunday morning services in the local churches! 
with visiting ministers preaching at 11:00 A. M. I 





Sunday afternoon 


Devotions District S. M. M, ! 

Ashland College and Seminary ..Virgil E. Meyer I 
Musical Program j 

District Sisterhood of Mary and Martha Session \ 

Speaker Mrs. A. H. Grumbling | 

Testimony Service Sid Gall 

Sunday evening j 

Prayer Meeting Mrs. H. W. Wolfe I 

Christian Endeavor Larry Mullins [ 

Song Service 

Devotional Stanley Hagstroir 

Special Music 

Message A. H. Grumblinj. 

Holy Land Pictures Virgil E. Meyei 

Adjournment of Conference and Benediction 

District Conference Committees 
Guest Committee: Mrs. Vester Cox, Mrs. Dave Frey— 



JANUARY 12, 1957 


Meals Committee: The Woman's Missionary Society — 

Pianists: Mrs. Robert Larsen; Mary Jane Cox 
Song Leader: Howard Crom 

Board of Directors: 

Moderator — C. Y. Gilmer, 708 West Yosemite Ave., 
Manteca, California 

Vice Moderator — Cecil Johnson, 615 Virginia Street, 
Manteca, California 

Secretary — Julion Hallett, 847 Edythe Street, Manteca, 

Treasurer — Elmer Gall, Route 1, Box 264. Ripon, Cali- 

Statistician — John H. Prey, Route 1, Box 2430, Lathrop. 

Howard Crom, Virgil Ingraham, Steven Hill, Lester 

Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. DyoH Belote 

"I Stay That Way" 

"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that 
he is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him 
against that day." II Tim. 1:12. 

GOD'S PROMISES are to all peoples, regardless of 
color, race or creed. We have all seen those who 
were the victims of pain and suffering, their bodies racked 
iWith the assaults of bodily affliction — who sometimes 
have been robbed of this world's goods and pleasures. Many 
of them have proven to be steadfast in their faith in 
God and happy in the knowledge and experience that 
fChrist grants them sufficient grace to bear their suffer- 
lings with equanimity. 

5 One tells of visiting an aged woman who was nearing 
|the end of life's journey. Sitting by her bedside the vis- 
jitor noted the poor furnishings of her bedroom, and how 
her work worn-hands and broken body gave evidence 
jof a life spent in toil and hardship. As they talked of 
[life, and its meaning, the visitor remarked to the aged 
jsufferer, "The greatest thing in life is being prepared 
jfor death." Looking up through blinded eyes the aged in- 
valid gave expression to a nugget of truth, the expres- 
jsion of an ideal attitude in relation to this question of 
life and death. Said she, "I stay that Way." 

It is a blessed consolation to know that through faith 
'in Him in whom we have placed our confidence for the 
salvation of our souls we have the assurance of eternal 
life, if we "stay that way" in our assurance and keep 
His commandments. 

^ ■ "OPINION" ^ 

H. A. Gossard 

My expressions here poetically resulted one evening 
while I stood on a street-corner talking with an old 
friend . . . Several children who lived near both of us, 
passed and kindly said "Good evening." I responded like- 
wise, and then the children like ladies and gentlemen 
walked on . . . The gentleman with whom I was talking 
chided me, saying "I am surprised to hear you speak 
to a bunch of Brats." I praised the children, and said to 
him, if they are Brats, wq were once . . . Then he turned 
around and hastened away . . . 


Should we meet boys and girls with books. 

And pencils, colors, tabs; 
And cast a grouch at them, our looks 

Might prove that we are crabs. 

^ We might be serious; they'll be gay, 

Know this: — Youths must have fun; 
They've been at work in school all day; 
And now their rest's begun. 

Let's smile on them as they smile up, 

And call them each by name; 
They'll overflow with joy our cup 

When we learn they've won fame. 

And some day they'll recall our smile 

When we have ceased to be. 
We'll live far past life's last long mile 

In Youthful Memory. 



A dear old lady from the country went for the 
first time on a railway journey of about fifty 
miles through an interesting and beautiful re- 
gion. She had looked forward to this trip with 
great pleasure. She was to see so much and enjoy 
it all so greatly. But it took her so long to get 
her basket and parcels adjusted, her seat com- 
fortably arranged, the shades right, that she was 
only just settling down to enjoy her trip when 
the conductor called out the name of her station, 
and she had to get up and hustle out. "Oh, my!" 
she said, "If I'd only known that we would have 
been here so soon, I wouldn't have wasted my 
time fussing." 

Dear friend, the wheels of time are flying: the 
last station is at hand; these things are so trif- 
ling. Get your mind on the main business of life. 
Live as you would wish to have lived when the 
porter calls out the last station, and don't waste 
any more time "fussing." — A. B. Simpson. 



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On Sunday evening, November 18, Elder Virgil Ingra- 
ham preached his final sermon to his home church, the 
Manteca Brethren Church, incident to his moving to 
Nappanee, Indiana, where he began his pastorate of The 
Brethren Church of that city on December first. Rev. In- 
graham in his youth came to Manteca from the state of 
Oregon. Sister Ingraham, the former Alice Larsen, is a 
native of Manteca. Rev. and Mrs. Ingraham are both 
graduates of the Manteca Grammar and High Schools. 
Both have had collegiate and commercial training. The 
Ingrahams have four children, Joann, age 14; Evelyn, 9; 
Daniel, 8; Ruth, 6. 

Brother Ingraham was ordained to the Brethren min- 
istry in the Manteca Church in 1945. He sei-ved as as- 
sistant pastor at Manteca a total of four years. He was 
pastoi^ of the Stockton Brethren Church three and a half 
years. The past seven and a half years he has served 
as pastor of the Community Church at Thornton, Cali- 

Brother Ingraham as our pulpit guest gave a timely 
message on Ephesians 5:14-21. A choir composed of Man- 
teca and Stockton youth furnished special music. Lester 
Schmeidt in behalf of many friends presented appropriate 
gifts to the Ingrahams. A social hour and program was 
enjoyed by 125 persons present. One of the Nappanee 
members, Mrs. Kathryn Ulery Oswalt, and her husband, 
Percy Oswalt, were present and were introduced to the 
newly called Nappanee pastor. The best wishes and 
prayers of all follow the Ingrahams to their new field 
of endeavor for Christ. 

— C. Y. Gilmer. 


Rev. Robert Bischof, Brethren missionary to Nigeria 
spoke seven times in the Northern California District in 
the period of August 31 to September 4. Brother Bischof 
was very effective in his presentation of the African 

Dr. Joseph Shultz, as an emissary of the Sunday School 
Board of the Brethren Church, conducted a program of 
workshops and discussions on Sunday school needs during 
October 29 to November 4. A number of progressive 
changes have been effected as a direct result of his in- 
stitute work among the churches. 

For district auxiliaries we have in addition to the 
Berean Band and the Woman's Missionary Society, the 

Laymen's, and the Sisterhood organizations, all of whiclj 
meet quarterly. Brother Bischof addressed the Bereaii 
Institute in August, and Rev, Frank Gehman spoke t<l 
the Band in the November meeting. Another district af i 
fair is a monthly singspiration enjoyed by the young peo 
pie of the churches. Recent speakers at Laymen's rallie," 
were Howard Crom and Virgil Ingraham. 

The District Conference will be held at the Lathrojj 
Brethren Church, January 24-27. Outside speakers will bii 
Virgil E. Meyer, Field Representative of Ashland College i 
and A. H. Grumbling, a member of the Brethren Youtlj 
Board. It is hoped that Mr. and Mrs. Dorman Ronk an(' 
family now of Lost Creek, Kentucky, will be vacationinji 
in this area at that time. Brother Grumbling is scheduled 
to hold meetings at Lathrop, January 20-23, just prior tJ 
the District Conference time there, and also at Stocktoi; 
the week of January 28 to February 3. \ 

The Manteca Church has launched a Christmas Gifi 
for Christ Campaign" as an initial) effort tq start a fun*; 
for expanding church plant facilities. The Manteca choi I 
presented a Christmas cantata on the evening of De^ 
cember 23. 

— C. Y. Gilmer, District Conference Moderator. ' 


The Louisville Brethren Church enjoyed a two week! 
Revival with Rev. Virgil Meyer as the Evangelist. Firsi 
of all we had two weeks of wonderful fall weather. I 
turned a little colder the last two days with some rai] 
but no one could blame any results on the weather. Thj 
attendance throughout was better than any revival sinc| 
I have been Pastor here and the interest was the bes'j 
Rev. Meyer not only brought very helpful sermons bu 
the visits in the home were very profitable, j 

Four were baptized the last Sunday and several morj 
have expressed their desire of entering the waters ci 
baptism. We believe too there will be others to folic 
soon. A wonderful foundation was laid and it will sho^' 
in results in the future. 

We are in our fifth year with these good people The 
are very considerate of their Pastor. The unity and c(j 
operation are splendid. We have taken in some fine folk! 
and they are proving a real blessing to the work. We d 
need several more leaders so that no one needs to t! 
ovei-worked and we are praying for such leadership. ' 

The Church will soon launch into a building progran! 
The need is great and when this will be accomplishe! 
it will help us to do much more effective teaching tha' 
at present. The people seem to have a mind to give an* 
to work. Pray for the Louisville Church that she may iL 
a forceful light in this part of God's field. i 

L. V. King, Pastor, i 


Revival time in a church is important because mar! 
people stop and take a new look at their relationship ', 
the Lord. To be God's messenger in such an endeavor 


ANUARY 12, 1967 


I privilege and a responsibility. We trust that all was 

His praise. 

The people of the Louisville Church are so splendid to 
TOrk with. One gets the impression that here is a church 
hat is going places. The dedication of the older folk, 
he consecration of parents with little children, and the 
nthusiasm of one of the best youth groups I have seen, 
ill adds up to the assurance that here is a good church! 

It was a real joy to work with pastor L. V. King. 
Vhen I arrived I found that he had sui-veyed the whole 
own and knew where every family belonged. He had 
ailed on about fifty families to interest them in our I'e- 
ival meeting and church membership. 

The attendance at the meetings was good. There was 

1 considerable group who did not miss a single meeting. 
)f course there were the usual number of distractions 
uch as two football games, open house at the schools 
ind a Hallowe'en parade. 

I especially want to thank Brother and Sister King 
or all of their kindness and Mr. and Mrs. Galen Sluss 
vith whom I made my home while there. One does not 
oon forget such kindness. I also want to thank the 
hurch, once again, for the very generous love offering. 

The Louisville Church is planning a building expan- 
lion program and they are going to need it. The church 
las an evangelical message for that community and a 
jreat many will respond to the ministry of this church 
nd pastor. 

Virgil Meyer. 


Over a month has passed since we arrived at our new 
ield in West Virginia; therefore we feel a report is due 
Jor the Brethren Evangelist. We closed our pastorate at 
Carleton with communion services Sunday afternoon, 
September 30. Our hearts ached at the thought of leaving 
|he Carleton congregation as we had learned to love the 
laembers there and also friends of the commurity; yet, 
li^e anticipated the move to our new field at Ivlathias, 
jVest Virginia in an effort to win many souls for Him. 
jVe appreciated very much the farewell supper given us 
it Carleton and also the gift of money. We shall always 
[emember our many friends at Carleton and pray that 
jt will not be too long before another i "nister arrives on 
he field there. 

Monday morning, October 1, two of our members from 
lathias came in a truck for our furniture. Then on Octo- 
ber 2 we started our long journey here stopping off a 
ew days with our parents in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 

I We finally arrived at our destination October 11. After 
Iraveling two days on the road with a four week old 
I'aby and small daughter we were truly happy to arrive 
ind find all of our furniture set up, boxes unpacked, 
jtove hooked up and an abundance of food everywhere. 
[ The week of October 28 to November 4 we held re- 
[ival services in the Mathias Church with an average of 
ixty each evening. Although there were no souls saved 
/e pray that many Christians vv^ere strengthened. Spe- 
ial numbers of solos, quartets and the high school glee 
lub were rendered each evening. Communion service 

was held Sunday evening, November 4, with an atten- 
dance of 59 present. 

Much time has been spent calling on members of the 
two congregations here at Mathias and the Holly Hill 
Brethren at Kimsey's Run. We covet the prayers of all 
Brethren regarding the work here as we feel there are 
great possibilities in the territory here. 

Claude Stogsdill. 


At our recent revival meeting, October 22nd to Novem- 
ber 4th, with Rev. Floyd Sibert the evangelist, three 
young boys accepted the Loi-d as their Saviour and a 
large percentage of the church membership rededicated 
their lives anew to Him. We pray this will make our 
church more spiritual and a greater effort will be 
launched to reach lost souls for Christ. Baptismal ser- 
vices were held for the three boys, Sunday afternoon, No- 
vember 11th and the fall communion sei"vices were ob- 
sei-ved in the evening with sixty-five persons partaking 
of it. The Children's Christmas program was given Sun- 
day evening December 23rd. 

Mrs. Marshall Harman, Cor. Sec'y. 


(Pleasant View) 

On November 2nd we arrived in Vandergrift, after a 
very tiring trip from Illinois. We were given temporary 
living quarters by the Oliver Wing Family, for which we 
were very gi'ateful. We finally moved into our own quar- 
ters a few weeks later. On Thursday October 4th we at- 
tended the District Rally of the Pennsylvania District, and 
renewed old acquaintances. 

jince coming to Vandergrift, we have found the con- 
gregation very, very co-operative in doing the things 
that need to be done for the Kingdom of God. The 
Church provided us with a wonderful reception and a 
nice love offering for which we were very grateful. 

Since our arrival here, the Pastor and his wife have 
had the opportunity to be the guest singer and speaker 
on the W. C. T. U. program on the Apollo Radio Sta- 
tion WAVL. This was a real opportunity for Service. 
Also we were very grateful for the opportunity of bring- 
ing the Homecoming Message in the afternoon service, 
at the Brush Valley Brethren Church. On Stewardship 
Sunday we had the blessed time of being able to bring 
the message at the Berlin Church. This we were also 
grateful for. We feel it is a great opportunity and privi- 
lege to speak whenever and wherever the Lord provides 
the opening. 

Some of the Activities planned for the coming weeks 
and months: We are organizing a Junior Brethren Youth 
Crusaders to meet each Sunday Evening at 7:00 P. M. 
Also on a monthly basis we will be having a Pastor's 
Docti'ine Class which will meet on Saturday Evenings. 
We are praying God may use this to His glory and for 
the strengthening of the Brethren here in Pleasant View. 

The building fund is gradually going up; however 
nothing has been started in raising the super-structure of 


the Church as yet. We are coveting your prayers that 
God may open the way to the building of this structure 
for His glory and honor, that it may be a real Christian 
Witness in this Community. 

Our fall Communion was held on November 18th with 
33 in attendance. It is hard to understand sometimes, 
even though we are grateful for those who do come out, 
that this great spiritual feast can be overlooked and 
neglected by so many in our Church. What a blessing 
is ours to be able to come and partake of the Holy Com- 
munion and go away with our souls refreshed and our 
experience strengthened in the Lord. 

Kemieth C. Mock, Pastor. 


We, like so many, are anxious to hear about others and 
are slow about making reports of our own work. 

On November 12th we started an Evangelistic cam- 
paign in our Flora church with Rev. N. V. Leatherman 
as our evangelist, and closed on November 25th. The 
weather was in our favor most of the time and the at- 
tendance was good. Brother Leathei-man proved himself 
to be a good preacher, bringing the Word of God at 
every service without fear or favor. His messages were 
true to the Word. But as it seems to be the order of the 
day everywhere, the audiences were made up of Christian 
people of our own and other churches in the community. 
Very few non-Christians attended the services. We called 
on them in their homes and received many promises, but 
no action. It was our ambition to reach nonactive mem- 
bers of the church. Many who had never to our knowledge 
been in the church dui-ing our pastorate of six years. 
However our efforts were not in vain. A very fine couple 
past middle age who were good Christians and members 
of another church in another community were baptized 
and received into the church. 

Our Communion service on Monday following the meet- 
ings was not as well attended as usual due to the great 
amount of sickness among our membership. Our people 
are usually very faithful to our Communion service. Al- 
most eveiy home and several in the home are suffering 
from colds which last for several weeks. Our people are 
to be commended for their loyalty to the church. Rev. and 
Mrs. Leatherman, pastor and wife, were well taken care 
of. Besides caring for our physical needs at the noon hour 
each day we were given food and money to take care 
of our meals in the parsonage. 

We want to thank the Wayne Heights church for lend- 
ing us their pastor. We found him a true yokefellow and 
we were happy to have him and Mrs. Leathei-man in our 
home and community. 

C. A. Stewart. 


pastor of this church, and therefore we found it in goo 
order and ready for this extra effort put forth. I 

This is distinctly a country church in a beautiful cour | 
try town, in one of the finest agricultural sections c{ 
our nation. Here the mind is pretty largely geared tj 
the land. For it is from this source the people make thei! 
living, and to which they give their lives. And like pec i 
pie of the cities, their conversations grow out of the) 
experiences, their practices and their beliefs. Having bee i 
raised on the farm I found their conversation both inter 
esting and good. ; 

This is a well churched community in which a goo ' 
spirit of cooperation is manifest. Particularly is this trul 
among the several branches of the Brethren. We appre I 
ciated members of the Old Order German Baptists Brett' 
ren who frequently attended these meetings. This wa ] 
the church of my childhood and it brought back fon j 
memories. There are few people of this community nc ! 
members of some church. And those who are not arj 
extremely case hardened, even as elsewhere, and lik j 
in most other places today, seldom find their way throug 
any church door. Therefoi'e our ministry of preachini 
was mostly to interest and reawaken the aspirations c 
those already in the church. The attendance was goo( 
Many of those attending came night after night; a goo \ 
percentage not missing a service. i 

The hospitality of these fine folks began at their pas' 
tor's home, where the evangelist and his wife were s 
very well cared for in every way. Sister Stewart suil 
knows how to make the work for an evangelist easj: 
comfortable and joyous. Brother and Sister Stewart maki 
a good team for the Lord. Our leaving this good situj 
tion was with reluctance. And like Peter on the moun j 
we wanted to stay there. The members of the churCj 
were also eager, generous and enthusiastic in their hoi 
pitality. We liked the good fellowship and their excellet ! 
coopei'ation in helping their pastor care for their gueJ ' 
evangelist with donations of food and the sumptuot [ 
meals in their homes. | 

It was our happy privilege also to share in the seii 
vices at the Brethren's Home, which Brother Stewai 
cares for each Thursday afternoon. It was good to se 
the excellent manner in which Brother and Sister Kuhr 
are caring for our aged guests in our Home. The Bretl 
ren Church is fortunate indeed to have such good can | 
takers of our interests there. i 

There wei-e no immediate visible results to these twi 
weeks of meetings. But we have reason to believe tt] 
members of the church were sincere in their expressic ! 
of appreciation for what they received. In these daj | 
when everything under the sun is seeking to make iij 
roads on the minds and hearts of our people, it is good 1 
see the continued interest in the Gospel and the things 
of the Lord and His church. 

N. V. Leatherman, Evangelist. ' 

s s ^ 


It was our privilege to do the preaching in a series 
of meetings for the Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church, No- 
vember 12 through 25. Brother Clarence A. Stewart is the 


F^om November 4 to 11 the Wayne Heights Brethrej 
Church was led in a week of meetings by Rev. Philli 
Lersch, Jr. This was brother Phil's first series of meej 
ings. He conducted himself and led forth like a veteMj 

IA.NUARY 12, 1957 


|i the business. His preaching was very good with inter- 
jsting and inspiring sermons. They were constructive 
hd helpful for the people, w^ho appreciated them. 
I Brother Lersch is our Brethren Youth Director and 
ihile here he used the Saturday to conduct a Workshop 
)r Brethren Youth in the Mt. Olive Brethren Church, in 
irginia. He took the stationwagon filled with our young 
jople to this gathering, and had them all safely home 
gain before midnight. This pastor left him on his own 
jie last Sunday night, when he started our young folks in 
leir first Brethren Youth Crusaders meetings here. This 
jroup has been meeting regularly each Sunday night 
nee then, and give promise of becoming a growing and 
tal organization in the church. 

Any church able to secure the services of Brother 
jersch will be profited and helped in building up the 
jiith, love and devotion of the church. Particularly is this 
jue for the young people. We do appreciate the good 
ork he did for us here at Wayne Heights. 

N. V. Leatherman, Pastor, 

maid to ^F0t 

'KIMMEL. Ellis C. Kimmel, one of Berlin Brethren's 
}tie Christian members, died on August 26, 1956. While 
j;tending their family reunion, he was stricken with a 
jjart attack. Was born on Jan. 28, 1877, the son of Jona- 
lan J, and Sara (Croner) Kimmel. United with the Old 
ilome Church) Downey church located a few miles out 
!' Berlin. When this church closed, he transferred to 
jerlin. Survived by his wife, Dillie (Snyder) Kimmel, 
,1 whom he was married Dec, 26, 1906; children, John, 
[rs. Blanche Long, Harold, Ida and Margaret. Services 
the undersigned. 

D. C. White. 

* » * 

I BOWSER. Mi's. Tracie (Hoffman) Bowser was bom 
leb. 6, 1876 and died Dec. 1, 1956. Was a faithful and 
lyal member of the Main Street Brethren Church, Mey- 
Irsdale, Penna. and of the W. M. S. Survived by two 
mothers, two sisters, two sons, one daughter, two grand- 
lildren and two great-grandchildren. Services by the un- 

' D. C. White. 

j • « « 

jMcSHIRLEY. John V. McShirley, died Sept. 5, 1955, 
fter a long illness. Mrs. V. G. (Ruth) Moser was a niece. 
ps a member of the Oakville Brethren Church, but had 
ved away from here for many years. Funeral service by 
iie undersigned. 

' SWAIN. Earl Swain died Jan. 26, 1956. His home was 
|i New Castle. Survived by his wife, Nellie; and a 
jrother. Was a member of the Oakville Brethren Church. 
,ervices were conducted by the undersigned. 
j FLEMING. Branch Fleming passed on to his reward, 
une 19, 1956, after an extended illness. Survived by his 
rife, Mae; a son and a daughter. Was a member of the 
jakville Brethren Church. Funeral services by his pas- 
)r, the undersigned. 

RINKER. Mrs. Ollie (Lennie) Rinker died July 3, 
956. Survived by her husband, Ollie, two daughters, and 

one brother. Wag a member of the Oakville Brethren 
Church. Services by the undersigned. 

KERN. Harvey E. Kern died at his home, in Oakville, 
July 8, 1956, after several months illness. Survived by 
his wife, Edna, a daughter and two sons. Was a member 
of the Oakville Brethren Church. Funeral services were 
in charge of his pastor, the undersigned, assisted by the 
Rev. Elmer McCormick, of the Luray Nazarene Church. 

CLARK. Mrs. Ettie Clark died suddenly, Nov. 27, 1956. 
Survived by one son and three daughters. Was a mem- 
ber of the Oakville Brethren Church. Funeral rites by 
her pastor, the undersigned, assisted by the Rev. Paul 
Dodge, of the Cowan Christian Church. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor, Oakville Brethren Church. 



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NULL-GARVER. Miss Mary Louise Null, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert J. Null, Taneytown, and Edward 
Buckey Garver, son of Mrs. Fannie Garver, New Wind- 
sor, were joined together in the bonds of matrimony in 
the Brethren Church, Linwood, Md., Sunday, September 
23, 1956 at 2:30 P. M. The Service was solemnized by 
the undersigned, the Pastor, using the double-ring cere- 
mony. Both are regular attendants at the Linwood Church. 
A reception was held in the Church Social Room for 
about 350 guests. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

BLACKSTEN-MARING. Miss Beverly Ann Blacksten, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Blacksten, Linwood, and 
Clarence Austin Maring, son of Ralph Maring and the 
late Mrs. Bessie Maring, R. F. D. 4, Westminster, were 
joined together in the bonds of matrimony in the Breth- 
ren Church, Linwood, Md., Sunday, October 21, 1956 at 
2:30 P. M. The Service was solemnized by the under- 
signed, the Pastor, using the double-i-ing ceremony. Both 
are members and regular attendants at the Linwood 
Church. Following the ceremony a reception was held in 
the church social room for about 350 guests. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

SLOAN-McMASTER. Mr. Thomas Sloan and Miss 
Marsha McMaster were united in marriage, April 1, 1956, 
in the Oakville Brethren Church. The immediate fami- 
lies of the two were in attendance. The bride is a mem- 
ber of the Oakville Brethren Church. 

CARTER-HUTCHISON. Mr. James E. Carter and Miss 
Marcia Hutchison were united in marriage, June 3, 1956 
in a beautiful church wedding in her church. A large num- 
ber of relatives and friends attended. The bride is a 
member of the Oakville Brethren Church. 

JOHNSON-BIRKINBINE. Rodney Johnson and Eva 
Birkinbine were united in marriage, June 24, 1956 in the 
Oakville Brethren Church of which both are members. 
A crowded church witnessed the beautiful wedding. 

All three weddings by Arthur H. Tinkel. 




(Continued from Page 6) 

loving-kindness. We must, however submit to His al- 
mighty will, whatever that may be. May God guide and 
protect us all is my constant prayer." 

When he and his army managed to get to safety on 
the other side of the Potomac he never came this way 
again. Antietam and Gettysburg had taken a heavy toll 
from his all too few men and their resources. 

While the devastating host did not come back to Long- 
meadow, there were many hours of sadness to follow 
the nearly two years of fratricidal strife before peace was 
declared. Boys from the community marched away never 
to return alive. Some did not get back at all and were 
buried in unmarked graves. It may be that upon some 
of my pages you would be able to find marks of tears if 
you looked close. I was often the source of comfort to 
those who were in deep sadness. It is a strange way of 
life that man would make the way of death part of the 
experience in this world. But my pages are full of wars 
and rumors of wars. They shall continue until man has 
no longer the say in regai'd to such matters. 

Well, when peace came, it took a long time to recover 
from the ravages of war in this section. The old church 
rang with hymns which were so loved by those who came 
to worship. Sacred words were I'ead by stern and solemn 
Elders from my pages following which they took their 
text and preached at length upon my contents. I was 
often used to bring comfort to the friends of the de- 
parted, who had gathered within the walls of the 
church. The one who was so careful of me and guarded 
my being followed the host of those who had preceded 
her, in 1888, and I was used to bring comfort to the 
sorrowing relatives and friends. She was one of my best 
friends and almost at the cost of her own life was will- 
ing to plead for me and protect me from all harm. She 
loved me, and when her eyes grew dim and her hands 
so shaky that she could hardly see my lines or turn my 
pages, my presence still brought joy to her. 

I also recall the days when The War to End Wars 
was fought. Men went forth from my community in high 
hopes that this would bring an end to man's destruction 
of man. The Elders did not favor it, and at times were 
misunderstood. Their wisdom was questioned by those 
hostile to the church, but time has proved them right. 
The 11th day of November 1918 brought much rejoicing 
to the community. Not as much of course as did the 
news from Appamattox in 1865. That brought to an end 
that which was closer home, and on every side the terrible 
destiTJctive forces of terror could be seen. Families had 
been divided and father against son was not uncommon. 

As a Civil War, it was the most imcivil of wars. Wl 
I looked over the boys who were marching to death 
to kill those whom they did not know, at the orders 
those who at times were in a safe place, the unreasi 
ableness of the whole thing was apparent. 

The country has changed from my first coming i; 
the community. Travel when I first came was either 
foot or at best by horse. However I have not chang 
and my message is just as good today and just as t 
as it was when I first was opened within the walls 
the sacred brick church. Generations of those who n 
me or listened to me have passed on, but their dest 
was changed from what it would have been otherw 
if they had not heeded my admonitions. Now that 
have been retired from active use in the pulpit, it 
foe my own preservation. The folks who have me in th 
keeping are proud of the part that I have played in 
community, and speak i-everently of those long si 
gone who have handled me and read words of life fr 
my pages. They have not relegated me to a back ro( 
out of reach of those who come to visit them, but h: 
me where I am readily available. 

To some I may be only a book, but I am differ 
fi'om most of the books, for I am like a spring of e 
flowing water, always sweet and sparkling. Countl 
numbers have dipped their minds into my spiritual dep 
and come forth with newness of life. Local cemetei 
are honored by the remains of many who have gone 
their last resting place full of faith which I have h 
able to instill in them during their life time. Even G 
eral Lee wrote after the days spent with me at Lo 

"Soldiers! we have sinned against Almighty God. 
have forgotten His signal mercies, and have cultiva 
a revengeful, haughty, and boastful spirit. We have 
remembered that the defenders of a just cause she 
be pure in His eyes; that our times are in His har 
and we have relied too much on our own arms for 
achievement of our independence. God is our only ref 
and strength. Let us humble ourselves before Him." 
wi*ote more than this in the letter but this was writ 
August 13, 1863 just a little more than a month ai 
he had read from my pages for the period time that 
spent at Longmeadow. Somehow I feel that I have J 
a part in bringing to this man the thoughts that he 

Well! It is time for me to close my covers, and le 
you to your thoughts. I had felt that you might be ini 
ested in some of my experiences over the century, ; 
would appreciate knowing of some of the people who h 
long since gone to their rewards who drew courage 
inspiration from my pages. Best wishes to my succes 
in the Longmeadow Brethren Church. 

St. James, Marylan( 

Serving you the whole year through 

Publication Day Offering 

JANUARY 20, 1957 
GOAL — Nof less than $5,000 

NUARY 12, 1967 


:hurch methods department 

Iby iKeVo Oo Fraincis JoerjksJiire 

6 — Universal Week of Prayer begins 

20 — Brethren Cross Country Conferences on Steward- 

20 — Missionary Day 

27 — Youth Week begins (Let your youth get a fresh 
start into the new year by participating in 
church leadership.) 

ETHREN EMPHASIS: Publication Day Offering, 
'hristian Literature month. 

|0R THOSE WHO DO NOT have access to a univer- 
: sal Church Calendar, such a calendar will be printed 
ing the last issue of each month for the following 

'he Church Calendar has many practical values. First, 
las paramount value for the local church. Secondly, it 
I much value for the minister in the role of preacher. 

■'articular seasons and special ecclesiastical days are 
ught to the attention of both pastor and laymen. And 
le there are many special Brethren-emphasis days, 
jre are also many other days which Christendom ob- 

es that may be of benefit to our local churches. For 
mple, at no better time of the year can we bring 

human soul to a deep sense of the need and practice 
PRAYER than during the first few days of the New 
ir! Then too, why should one wait until May to honor 

youth? Why not get the youth of our churches en- 
Ised and to work during the early days of the New 
kr? This is a very convenient and appropriate time 

to enlist youth for work and leadership in the local 
chui'ch. (But I pray, do not forget them at other times 
during the year, and especially during May which is 
YOUTH month in the Brethren Church!) 

The church by practice, has set a definite pattern for 
the observance of particular Sundays. Nearly every 
phase of the Christian life is touched by this pattern. 
Stewardship Day, Mission Day, Youth Week, Universal 
Week of Prayer, Universal Bible Sunday, Father's Day, 
Mother's Day, Children's Day, Lent, Christmas, Thanks- 
giving, and many others are in the scheme of the church 

The Church Calendar helps the minister to avoid the 
sameness of preaching. From Sunday to Sunday he may 
be guided by a systematic scheme in the choice of his 
texts and topics. At the end of the year he may look 
backward and see a well "rounded out" series of ser- 
mons as well as a well balanced plan of church admin- 

Space is too limited to give the many other positive 
values of using the Church Calendar. However, the 
remaining values may be summed up in the words "effi- 
ciency," "order," and "growth." 

Once I knew a Brethren, he had a pious look. 
He had been totally immersed — except his pocketbook. 
He'd put a nickel on the plate, then sing, with might and 
"It gives us inward pain" 

I also knew a Brethren who "couldn't sin," he said. 
He'd holler "Glory" loud enough to almost raise the dead. 
But as to his apportionment, though his barns were wax- 
ing fat, 
His shouting wasn't loud enough to ever raise quite that. 

— Source unknown. 

| y^tyjiiLLiiiU'iMii^iii^itiiiiiyjiajj^'iMiMitiaiya>^^ 


ORE AND MORE of our churches are "going 100%" 
on Evangelist subscriptions. How about your 
|rch? As we noted, last week, our interest in getting 
i Evangelist into more and more Brethren homes, is 
c to increase the number of subscriptions. Rather, we 
51 that as more and more Brethren families receive 
II read their church paper, the better our whole de- 
clination will be working and advancing in the name 
f)ur Lord. We also feel that as our church paper goes 
ii Brethren homes, and is read, these homes will be 
f.ched spiritually. 
'ne Brethren pastor, whose church is now going 100%, 

in sending in the list, writes the following note which 
we feel well expresses the thought we have in mind: 

"We are taking advantage of the 100% Evangelist of- 
fer, hoping that as the Evangelist comes into these homes 
weekly, it might develop among our families a loyalty 
to the Brethren church, and also that a deeper work of 
grace might be accomplished in their lives." 

Remember! Before long, we are going to publish a 
list of 100% churches based on the replies to the ques- 
tionnaire card sent out a few weeks ago. We thank all 
pastors and secretaries who have taken the time to send 
back their replies, even if your church is not now 100%. 
— W. S. B. 




Vrayer , Tfleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmer 


Perhaps today the chains which bind, 
Which fetter feet, and hands, and mind, 
Shall all be snapped, and we shall be 
Like uncaged eagles — boundless, free; 
And upward swiftly shall we soar, 
To be with Christ for evermore . 

Perhaps today this mortal frame, 
With all enfeebled nature's claim. 
Shall be exchanged and we shall own 
A "temple" where shall not be known 
A sense of weakness or decay, 
Or strength that surely ebbs away. 

Perhaps today we all shall stand 
At Christ's ti'ibunal — wondrous; grand; 
There gathered through redeeming love; 
All ransomed, yet to have Him prove 
Life's service; and to gain reward. 
Where life or labour please the Lord. 

— J. Danson Smith. 

TO THE RIGHTEOUS the second coming of Christ is 
always given as a Christian comfort, hope and joy 
(Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18). It is too good a doctrine 
of which to be ignorant (1 Thess. 4:13). Our blessed hope 
is the Savior Himself for whose return we are look- 
ing (Phil. 3:20). When Jesus comes there will be a 
translation of the living saints (1 Thess: 4:13-18, and 
the resurrection of the righteous dead (Rev. 14:13; 20:6). 
Paul gives the resurrection order in 1 Cor. 15:23. There 
could be no real victory without the resurrection of the 
saints (1 Cor. 15:54-58). It will be a change from cor- 
ruption to incorruption "in a moment" (1 Cor. 15:51-53). 
It will be a grand change from imperfection to the per- 
fection He has in store for us (1 Cor. 13:9, 12). We shall 
be like Him for whom we have been looking (1 John 

Heaven is beyond the kingdom-reign of Christ, when 
time shall be no more (Matt. 24:14; Rev. 10:6). When 
Christ comes to usher in His Kingdom the men of earth 
shall see Him (Rev. 1:7). He shall return to the mount 
of Olives from which He ascended (Zech. 14:4, 5). For 
this event we are to pray every day (Matt. 6:10). Dur- 
ing the great tribulation the Holy Spirit will be absent 
from the earth, and the Devil will be in full control 
(Rev. 12:12). In the terrible tribulation men would fain 
die rather than to live (Rev. 9:6; Matt. 24:21-22). When 
Christ ushers in His Kingdom Satan will be banished 
from the earth (Rev. 20:1-6), The Lordship of Christ 
will be undisputed (Zech. 14:9; Rev. 19:12, 15, 16). 
He shall reign from David's throne (Luke 1:32, 33) over 
a world-wide dominion (Dan. 7:13, 14, 27). It Avill be a 
reign of justice and righteousness (Jer. 23:5; Isaiah 
32:1). The earth will have a pristine fruitfulness (Isaiah 

35:1, 2; Ezek. 36:34, 35; Amos 9:13). Animals will 
have a wild nature (Isaiah 11:6-8; 65:25). There a 
be peace (Isaiah 2:4), safety (Ezek. 34:25), prospei 
(Micah 4:4), and long life (Isaiah 65:20). The wc 
will be evangelized (Heb. 8:11), because the Jews •( 
have been converted (Jer. 31:33, 34), and the Gent 
will be evangelized by converted Israel (Isaiah 60:1- 

"Oh! Lord, we long to follow in Thy train 
When WITH Thy saints Thou dost return again I 
And looking on Thy Nation's upturned face 
See grief — then joy triumphant take its place! 
Then shall the 'fruit' grown sweet by ripening slow 
Feed mighty hosts, causing their hearts to know 
Thy hardening love — and far and wide shall be 
Thy Kingdom's rule fi'om azure sea to sea." 


William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 20, 1957 

Lesson: Matthew 5:13-20; 43-48 | 

QUALITY IS MORE important than QUANTjji 
' in the Kingdom of God. In the Sermon on |« 
Mount, from which our lesson is taken, Jesus strejjc 
the importance of character. The Kingdom of God |ll 
be composed of the poor in spirit, the mourners, !« 
meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, etc. I 

It is obvious, therefore, that those who enter :(( 
God's Kingdom will be a choice and select group, it 
from the standpoint of outward characteristics but 
cording to inward character. 

Privilege always entails responsibility. The Blei 
Ones are expected to exercise influence over those ' 
side the Kingdom. They are to be "the salt of |e 
earth" — that spiritual flavor and preservative so grp- 
ly needed in the world today. "Salt is needed wl e 
there is corruption," says Dr. G. Campbell Morgan. 

Who will deny the world is in a state of moral 
ruption and spiritual decay? If the surging tide of } 
lessness is to be stayed it will require "the salt of 
earth" to do it. 

Why the moral and spiritual disintegration of [le 
world? Can it be the salt has lost its savour? God I'p 
the Church when she loses her God-given ability \f> 
influence the ungodly and arrest the spread of cor >• 

The Blessed Ones are not only to exercise influi"e 
as salt, but as "the light of the world." Even as 'i"' 
Morgan has said "salt is needed where there is cor j)- 
tion," so "light is needed where there is' darkness! 

A world in darkness! Realizing this, Christ prom id 
the multitude: "He that followeth Me shall not wal';" 
darkness" (John 8:12). Paul told the Colossian 01^- 
tians to give "thanks unto the Father . . . who H^ 
delivered us from the power of darkness" (Col. 1:12- !)■ 

ANUARY 12, 1957 


What are the Blessed Ones to do in this world of 
irkness? "Let your light so shine before men, that 
ey may see your good works, and glorify your Father 
hich is in heaven." 

Again we would quote from the worthy Dr. Morgan: 
t is not reflected light merely; it is the light of our 
vn life, communicated to us from the Essential Light, 
'hen we received the Essential Light it was not mere- 

that we might reflect it; it was that it might ignite 
: and bum in us. It is only when Christian men are 
irning, as well as shining lights, that the world knows 
ey are the light of the world." 

A high level of moral and spiritual living is demanded 
r Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. He said a stan- 
ird of righteousness is demanded by God. "For," said 
!sus, "I say unto you, that except your righteousness 
lall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Phar- 
ees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of 

The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was 
:temal only. They were guilty of saying but not 
>ing. Christ said the Blessed Ones ought to be dili- 
mt about important external duties, but should like- 
ise strive to maintain inward purity. 
True righteousness — God's righteousness — cannot 
! humanly produced. It must be divinely bestowed. The 
?hteousness of God comes "through faith in Jesus 
irist unto all them that believe" (A.S.V.— Rom. 3:22). 

i)tewdrdship Thought: 

by John T. Byler 

Matthew 6:22 

, AS I SUGGESTED last week, a saint is one through 

whom the light shines, it would seem that we have a 
'sponsibility if we are Christians. 

In this matter of Stewardship, we might well consider 
fr a moment, the origin of the word. In an excellent 
jurse in Philology in college some years ago, I discov- 
ed that the word "steward" had its origin in two early 
jiglo-Saxon words. These words, "stig" meaning sty, 
|d "weard" meaning keeper, put together and shortened 
i'' the dropping of a letter or two, finally assumed their 
iiesent day spelling into the word as we know it today. 
sThe words indicate that a steward, if he is anything, 

a humble servant — a keeper of the sty — or at least, 
caretaker of property that belongs to another. The 
Ijird has entrusted to each of us; all that we have in the 
iy of possessions, as well as abilities and talents. 
iiese which we call our own are only given to us in 
t'lst and, when they are used selfishly, we are not 
t|ithful to our trust. And, if we are unfaithful to our 
tjist, we can hardly be called stewards. 
Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men that 
t|3y may see your good works and glorify your Father 
i heaven." When we do this, we are not only Saints of 

d, but Good Stewards, as well. 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


States is small, averaging in attendance between 60 and 
70." But don't let this fool you; a Sunday school may 
be small and still do effective work. However most small 
Sunday schools need not remain that way, but every 
worker should be interested in making his or hers bigger 
and better. 

Elements Which Hinder Growth 

1. Lack of vision. Every leader should have two Sun- 
day schools: the one which now is and the one he would 
like to see. But if leaders and people are satisfied with 
the present Sunday school, there will never be any growth 
— and there is little choice: either grow or die. 

No Sunday school ever "happened"; it was first con- 
ceived in the mind of someone. The character of the Sun- 
day school will be determined by its leaders' vision. 

2. Limited facilities. Many Sunday schools are hindered 
in growing because of inadequate buildings, room, and 
equipment. This is a problem which is making the plight 
of small churches more and more serious; people just 
will not attend Sunday schools which do not provide 
proper facilities. 

Elements Essential for Growth 

1. Aggressive leadership. The leaders of any Sunday 
school (especially the pastor and Sunday school superin- 
tendent) must be men of spiritual depth, great vision, 
and analytical insight. 

2. Sound administrative procedures. These must be il- 
luminated by vision, initiated by aggressive planning, 
activated by adequate organization and grading, coor- 
dinated through top-level conferences, and sustained by 
careful supei-vision. 

3. Practical in-class functions. First, there must be a 
positive teaching program using the best curriculum ma- 
terials available and a variety of effective teaching meth- 
ods — all reflecting a definite Christ-centered purpose. 
Second, there must be a oneness and comradeship be- 
tween pupils and teacher and among the pupils them- 
selves. Third, there must be a plan for welcoming vis- 
itors. Visitors are important; make them feel wanted 
but never, never embarrass them. 

4. Practical out-of -class functions. Here are included 
well-kept, clean facilities; a warm, kind i-eception for 
strangers; a snappy opening sei-\ice; dignified, organized 
ushering; and properly graded classes for every age. 

At least one-third of the Brethren Sunday schools av- 
erage less than 70 in attendance, thus falling into the 
category of "small Sunday schools." No Sunday school 
is perfect, but none is so bad that it is beyond all help. 
When we begin to pray about our Sunday schools, then 
— and only then — will they grow — (Adapted.) 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


TN THIS MONTH when our denomination-wide offering 
-*- is being received for PUBLICATION INTERESTS, 
I want to thank the Publication Board and Editor W. S. 
Benshoff for providing Brethren Youth with a page each 
week in the "Brethren Evangelist." The page comes to 
us without charge and we appreciate their interest in 
our work very much. 

I urge your strong support of this offering especially 
because of the vital place printed matter plays in every 
phase of the Brethren Church. Your gift helps to pro- 
vide this page you are now reading — and many others. 
Do what you can, then give! 


THE AMBASSADOR QUARTET will extract their 
vocal cords and satchel of music from the moth balls 
to conduct the morning worship service at the PARK 
STREET BRETHREN CHURCH, Ashland, Ohio on Jan- 
uary 13. This will be the first sei-vice since December 2nd 
in Louisville, but the rest has been refreshing. 

Preliminary replies are coming in to our office about 
passage to Europe for the Ambassadors next summer. 
Everything is still going forward as previously announced. 
Pray for the details of the mission and also that the world 
situation may remain such that the AMBASSADORS OF 
CHRIST'S LOVE may carry out His work. 


I write and talk a lot about your doing things for our 
own young people, and I don't want to retract any of 
those ideas. But our "kids" are sitting "in the pink" when 
contrasted with some other youth in this world, American 
youth have good schools, clothes, homes, churches, op- 
portunities to use their talents and be entertained. But 
the fleeing Hungarian youth, for example, are in the 
realm of the homeless, cold, clothing-less and desperate. 
Keep these youth in your prayers, and remember their 

N.E. Ohio in Louisville January 27 

Northern Indiana rally in Milford February 1 

Southern Indiana rally in Marion February ] 


About the Brethren Youth Magazine 

Brethren Youth pays the Brethren Publishing CoHi 
pany $105.00 each time they print an issue of our B. "■] 
Magazine (and that is a very cheap and considera | 
price). E'er six issues a year that runs $630.00. 

In addition we pay about $20.00 per issue for pictu: j 
engravings. That totals $120.00 for the six issues a yea; 

It costs around $5.00 to mail each issue. So, add i\ 
additional $30.00 to the Magazine budget. j 

TOTAL COST FOR THE YEAR: About $780.00. I 

makes me shiver) : : i 

At the present time, we only have 356 paid-up suj 
scribers ! i 

This means that we pay out $780.00 per year for tJj 
Brethren Youth Magazine and receive only $356.00. Thj 
can't go on!! and you can help tremendously. We mui 
have about 800 subscribers for the magazine to pay f | 
itself on a six-a-year basis. This must be accomplish' 
before we can even dream about an issue every mon'' 
again. I 

Business-wise Brethren Youth is losing money. B| 
that's only the Vz of it. This also means that only 3 1 
homes are receiving news about Brethren Youth th! 
every youth should have. Therefore, we need your su 
scription. Just mail your name, address, church, a| 
$1.00 to Brethren Youth, Ashland College, Ashlai; 
Ohio. j 

Many of you have received notices recently about yoi 
over-due subscription, but few have replied. How abo' 
it now? j 


If you are one of those persons that has received ' 
letter about supplying some ideas for the first suppj 
ment of the BRETHREN HANDBOOK, answer it. ' 

ODDS, but not the END 

Park Street B. Y. C. presented a fine Watch Nig 
Service, following the pageant-candlelight service gi'vi 
in the B. Y. Handbook. You know, that HANDBOOK | 
proving useful. j 

Just got a report about a Christmas party from M \ 
vane, Kansas yesterday. We'll run that in the next is£[ 
of the B. Y. Magazine. 

February 22-24, 1957 


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hy Helen Jordan 

I Cor. 3:9-11; II Cor. 5:1. 

WE ARE REMINDED of a yard stick and a tape 
measure. They are used for the purpose of meas- 
uring distances. So, in a way they are much the same; 
they both have figures. But in another way they are dif- 
ferent. One is always straight, and the other is seldom 
so. One stands up without bending, and the other can- 
not stand alone. 

As I think of the yard stick I am reminded of Christ. 
He is always Straight and able to stand alone. He always 
did and said the right thing. 

The tape reminds me of those who have to have much 
help. As long as someone will pull on the tape it keeps 
straight. But as soon as the tension is released the tape 
sags and is crooked. 

If we wrap the tape around the yard stick it will stand 
as long as it remains in that position; if released, it 

The life that stands is the one that is built around 
Jesus Christ the Saviour. Many fail because Christ is 
not in the center of their lives. 

If an individual is to be pleasing to God he must have 
liis life built around Christ. 

If a church is to be pleasing to God, and useful to 
men it must have Christ in the center of all its work- 
ings. Paul said "we preach Christ crucified," and Paul's 
preaching was blest and honored of God. So build your 
iife around Jesus Christ and it will stand every test 
that will come. 

We are not tempted above that we are able to bear. 
A.11 of our spiritual power comes from contact with the 
Heavenly Father, In prayer we must talk WITH God, 
lot AT Him. We must listen to His desire, as well as 
Him listening to ours. Sometimes when we tune in to 
isten to certain programs we have trouble tuning OUT 
he things we do not care to hear. So it is with prayer; 
)ften it seems hard to tune out the noises and cares 
)f the world. Some of the things that help tune these 
)ut is a desire for God as in Psalm 42:1: 

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, 
So panteth my soul after thee, 0, God;" 

What thirst is to the body, the desire for God should 
)e to the human soul. If we do not take Christ to rule 
n our hearts and homes, He will not force Himself in. 
3o if we do not have the will to tune the world out we 
annot have true devotion with Christ. 

The mind can be trained to have a certain time and 
)lace for anything, then the task will become much eas- 
er and we enter into the spirit more readily. 

But, we must not confine our prayers to a certain time 
)nly. For there are many times during the day that we 

remember some - kindness that has been granted us, and 
what a blessing we receive if we just pause a moment 
and lift our hearts in thanksgiving to our Heavenly 

When Peter walked on the water with Jesus, as long 
as he kept his eyes on Jesus, all went well, but as soon 
as he looked elsewhere he began to sink, 

Jesus said, "0 ye of little faith." So let us build our 
lives around Jesus Christ that we may be able to stand 
the testing times. 

"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, 

Unuttered or expressed, 
The motion of a hidden fire, 

That trembles in the breast." 

Mrs. W. R. Deeter. 

Topeka, Kans,, R, 5. 


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"The Bible Spread Across Europe," was shown the eve- 
ning of January 6th, 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO, The evening service of Jan- 
uary 6th, was held as a joint meeting with the West 
Alexandria Brethren, at which time. Rev. S. E. Byler, 
Evangelist for a week of Revival Services in the West 
Alexandria church, was the speaker. 

Bates notes an attendance of 315 at their Christmas pro- 

REN. The College Corner church was host to the Waltz 
Township youth group at a meeting on December 15th, 

Brother G. Bright Hanna reports an attendance of 
about 70 at their recent Fellowship supper, A program 
followed the meal. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. A new amplifying system has 
been given to the church by Lloyd Peters and the Max 
Sisler family in memory of Mrs, Anna Gieson and Mrs, 
Mae Peters, A recognition service for this gift and also 
for the church's new hymnals, was held on December 


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■terns of yeneml Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. The Sarasota bulletin reports 
the reception of nineteen new members on December 23rd. 
December had been observed as "Membership Month." 

Air Force Chaplain Eugene J. Beekley was guest speaker 
in the Sarasota church the evening of January 13th, at 
which time he showed pictures of Japan and Korea. Chap- 
lain Beekley, who has been stationed for the past year 
in Korea is vacationing with his family at their home in 
Sarasota, before going to his new assignment. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ankrum 
was the guest speaker at the Union New Year's service 
held the evening of Januax*y 1st in the Manor Church of 
the Brethren. 

The St. Jiunes church was host to the Community 
Chi-istmas service this year. Bi'other Ankrum reports an 
attendance of around 100. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNA. Brother Guy G. Ludwig reports 
the reception of three new members on December 30th. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick notes that 
the Nev/ark Chapel pi-esented their first Christmas pro- 
gram since the beginning of the work at Newark, on De- 
cember 23rd. It was sponsored by the Sunday School. 

"An unusually v/ell-attended monthly Family Night" 
was held on December 21st. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King reports at- 
tendance averages for the first three . quarters of their 
present fiscal year as: S. S. 164, Church 163, Evening 59. 
Brother King notes that these attendances represent an 
average net gain of 3, 9 and 4, respectively, over the 
coi'responding period of the previous year. 

Five were baptized, and received into the Church at the 
Chi'istmas ser\'ice on December 23rd. 

Brother George Solomon reports that the basement in 
their new addition has now been completely furnished, 
lighted and decorated. 

FREMONT, OHIO. On the first Sunday in January, 
baptismal services were held for three adults and foui- 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. Two new members were 
received by letter on December 23rd. 

FLORA, INDIANA. Brother and Sister C. A. Stewa j 
observed "Open House" at the parsonage on New Yea;' 
Day, afternoon and evening. Friends and members of til 
nhurch were invited to attend. I 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Miss Julia King, who spent tlj 
past summer in Europe working in a camp for refugee* 
presented her pictures and message in the Goshen churi | 
the eveiaing of December 30th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Brother J. D. Hamel w; 
speaker on the "Faith for Today" program over the Ur 
versity of Notre Dame television station, WNDU, the fir* 
week of January. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. The S. M. M. presented Broth 
Charles Kraft as guest speaker at their public servi 
on January 13th. 

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Oiif 75t/i flnniversanj Tear 

yHE BRETHREN CHURCH, during this year 
*■ of 1957, is giving emphasis to the fact that it 
is rounding out 75 years as a distinct denomina- 
tion, growing out of the movement begun by Alex- 
ander Mack at Schwarzenau, in 1708. 

Next year, we, along with sister Denominations 
stemming from the original movement, will com- 
memorate the 250th Anniversary of our founding. 
Much preparation, celebrations, pilgrimages will 
be the order of the day from now on through the 
end of 1958, in commemoration of the historic be- 
ginnings of our fraternity. 

There have been divisions along the way since 
Alexander Mack and seven other souls of like be- 
lief went into the waters of the river at Schwar- 
zenau, Germany, and were baptized by triune im- 
mersion. Out of such a three-way division some 
seventy years ago the Brethren Church continued 
to carry the basic doctrines and precepts as pro- 
mulgated by the founder, Alexander Mack. 

We are very familiar with the main intentions 
of Elder H. R. Holsinger and the Brethren of 75 
years ago as they answered the question of a 
Creed, by holding high a copy of the New Testa- 
ment, declaring it to be their "rule of faith and 
practice." Thus the Word of the Lord has become 
the first, final and only word of authority on doc- 
trine, faith and practice. 

What has been accomplished during these past 
75 years ? There have been storms along the way, 
doctrinal interpretation and personality. Some 
have left dire results. It must be remembered to- 
day as we consider those things which have taken 
place, in the past, that the Brethren Church by 
the grace oi God, has weathered the storms which 
have beset her Ship of State! 

Men and women of faith and courage have given 
of their lives, their talents and their substance 
and labor to provide for themselves and their chil- 

dren, churches, equipment, education, literature, 
benevolences, Sunday schools, camps, missions, 
etc., that the Gospel of the Lord might have full 
liberty in their own hearts and in the hearts of 
others. The Brethren Church today is a huge in- 
vestment, not alone of buildings and enterprises, 
but of lives, of prayers, and of toil. We are truly 
treading on holy ground when we touch any phase 
or facet of Brethren Church life today. 

In this Anniversary Year, we must give credit 
where credit is due. We must ever thank God for 
His mercy and grace. We must thank Him for the 
devotion, loyalty and labor of those who have pre- 
ceded us in the arena of service. 

What then, about the future? With the same 
spirit of devotion and service; with the same de- 
pendenc.N' upon God, as so greatly expressed and 
practiced by our forefathers; and with the testi- 
mony of God's presei'vation through the years, it 
would be sinful not to predict a continuing minis- 
try for the Church in the yeai"s to come. If there 
is no future, then why Brethren youth ? Why Ash- 
land College and Seminary? Why Brethren Liter- 
ature, Missions, Camps, Sunday School Board, 
Benevolences? Why W. M. S., S. M. M., Laymen, 
Brotherhood? Why ANYTHING, if we are not 
supposed to go on ? 

We are in a continuing service, with the respon- 
sibility to serve to the best of our ability under 
the grace of God, until He calls us home, or comes 
in the air for His Church. Our 75 years is a glor- 
ious past; may our future be just as glorious and 
rich. W.S.B. 




by Rev. Woodro^v B. Brant 

Exerting Our lr]fluence 

TT IS WELL RECOGNIZED that at the time of Con- 
stantine "the world" got into the Church and has 
never since been removed from it. If the world is indif- 
ferent to the Church, it is because the Church is so 
little different from the world; and the first step to 
attaining an effective influence over the world is a thor- 
ough dissociation from the assumptions and habits which 
prevail in the world. 

One idea which stands in the way of any such thor- 
ough dissociation is that it would be throwing away 
opportunities for influence or callously abandoning the 
world to its fate. But that idea is illusory; it produces 
a result the reverse of that intended; the world drags 
the Church down. And if the Church is not to be fatally 
involved in the ti-oubles which the world brings upon 
itself, Christianity must get back to something more 
like the distinctive position of the Early Church. 

John Mackay has written that "the Road to Tomor- 
row leads through Yesterday"; if we but look we shall 
discover that by every milestone God has set up a 
"Memoinal" by which we may be guided aright. Childi'en 
dancing in the sunlight stretch out their hands to grasp 
the sunbeams and are disappointed that there is noth- 
ing tangible there to be added to their little store of 
treasures. So men have always demanded something 
tangible in religion. This doubtless is the origin of "sac- 
rament," the material symbol of "things not seen." These 
Memorials or Sacraments are often spoken of as "be- 
liefs and practices." The writer is still a firm believer 
in the old statement to the effect that "Where the Bible 
Speaks let man be Silent." 

The First cardinal principal of the Protestant Refor- 
mation was the recognition of the "ABSOLUTE SU- 
PREMACY OF THE BIBLE" as the norm for life and 
doctrine. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin rejected the Roman 
Catholic coordination of the Bible and Tradition as joint 
rules of faith and conduct. The reformers accepted the 
Bible as the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. 
Through the tinith revealed in the Bible did the Holy 
Spirit come to men, and not through any church organ- 
ization. All the church could do for men was to bring 
them the Word, through preaching and the Sacraments. 
The teaching of the Church had no authority except in- 
sofar as it was grounded in the Bible. Since the Bible 
was of such vital importance to the people, it had to 
be available in the language the people could read. Thus 
the Bible was translated into the vernacular tongues of 
Europe, becoming a book of the people. 

The Second cardinal principle was the proclamation oli 
justification by a living faith in Jesus Christ. The Re-i 
formers rejected the Roman Catholic doctrine of salva-j 
tion by faith and good works, or salvation by divine j 
grace and human merit. Justification by faith was made' 
the very soul of the Protestant religion. It was not a| 
new doctrine, but merely a rediscovery of the messag«l 
of the Apostle Paul (Rom. 1:17). j 

Faith was not merely a form of knowledge, or cold- 
intellectual assent to religious truth, but a personal ex-' 
perience in which man threw himself over upon the:' 
mercy of God and surrendered life and will. Luther as-! 

serted that such faith was not merited by good works j 
but that it was a "pure gift of God." Good works were,; 
however, the necessary evidence of Justification. Through;! 
this doctrine the Reformers set men free, not only from' 
their anxious dependence upon their own works andi 
merit, but from the dependence upon the Catholic church] 
which claimed to dispense salvation through the Sacra- 
ments and a storehouse of merits. Men could come di-| 
rectly through Jesus Christ to God through the media-j 
tion of scripture. | 

The Third cardinal principle was the priesthood 0(1 
all believers. God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, was ac-l 
cessible to every believer ^vithout the mediation of aj 
priest. The believer was a member of "an elect race, 
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God's owrii 

possession." | 

But this was directly against tht, Roman Catholic doc- 1 
trine that a mediating priest was essential to salvation.! 
In the Medieval Church a gulf separated the clergy andi 
the laity. The Roman clergy held the keys to heaven and i 
hell. The clergy could refuse to communicate the grace | 
of God to the laity, yes, even bar people from all access i 
to God. By a stroke of the pen, the pope could excom-| 
municate the individual, and he could place a city, or: 
province, or kingdom under interdict. In the Medieval ; 
Church, laymen had no voice in spiritual matters, and 
they could not even read the Bible without the permis- i 
sion of the priest. Luther struck directly against a spe- j 
cial mediating priesthood by proclaiming the spiritual 
priesthood of all believers. This made for a spiritual 
democracy, and for religious and civil liberty. Lay peo- 1 
pie were again given a voice in spiritual matters, and ' 
in the government and administration of the church. 

The genius of the Brethren Church has been and 
MUST REMAIN, that of THE OPEN BIBLE, It's entire 




I reception and its full preaching. This mind must be cul- 
[itivated and presented to our Children and to our neigh- 
jbors everywhere. The underlying principle which moved 
!the early Brethren, and those before our own Brethren 
peoples, was at work from the beginning. God from the 
very beginning of His revealing of Himself to mankind 
has always had His man who, often as a single stream 
of clear cold water, carried refreshing life and hope to 
I thirsting, dying men. St. Paul states this clearly in the 
Hebrew Epistle, "God, who at sundry times and in divers 
j manners spake in time past unto the fathers of the 
ipi'ophets ..." (Heb. 1:1). 

There was a Mind which stroved for the preservation 
' of Truth as once and for all delivered to the saints which 
had come thi-ough the Dark Ages of the Church and 
, emerged as a Flaming Evangel to set afire men like, 
-William of Occam (1280-1349), the most influential 
theologian of his time. He asserted that the pope is not 
! infallible; that the General Council and not the pope is 
the highest authority in the Church; that the Holy Scrip- 
ture is the only infallible source in matters of faith and 
conduct; that in all secular matters the Church and the 
pope are subordinate to the State. 

I Occam's philosophy exerted a strong influence upon 
! Martin Luther. The German mystics, Meister Eckhart 
1(1260-1327) and John Tauler (1290-1361), who were 
I dominated by two specific sentiments: (a) genuine sor- 
j i-ow for the decay of the Church; and (b) a strong long- 
ing for a reformation. John Wyclif (1320-1384) and John 
Hus (1369-1415) who contended that the reform must 
aim, not merely at correction of outwai'd corruptions 
of the Church, but also at the removal of the hidden 
causes. They addressed themselves to the people, advo- 
cating and proclaiming the Biblical doctrine of justifica- 
tion by faith in the crucified Savior. 

The Bible was acknowledged as the only source of 
truth. Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was a free 
thinker and itinerant preacher, and because he denounced 
the authority of the pope and the corruption of the 
Church, was condemned as a heretic and put to death. 

Out of these experiences arose llie lieformation through 
a society called the "BRETHREN OF THE COMMON 
LIFE," originally a society of pious clergymen founded 
in the Netherlands by Gerhard Groot, which had no in- 
tention of breaking with the Roman Catholic Church, 
but devoted themselves primarily to teaching and to 
preaching in order to reform the Church from within. 
They formed voluntary associations on the basis of de- 
vout li\'ing, and labored for their support throughout 
northern Eui-ope. These associations admitted not only 
clergymen but also lay people. Several well-known 
schools were founded, and through these institutions as 
well as through their earnest and evangelical sermons, 
they exerted a wide and beneficial influence among the 

Thomas a Kempis who wrote the "Imitation of 
Christ," and John of Wessel, Luther's forerunner in The- 
ology, belonged to the Brethren of the Common Life. The 
Historian, Qualben, in his statements concerning Luther 
and his early training says, "By 1497 the economic con- 
dition of Hans Luther had improved to such an extent 
that he could send his son to a school in Magdeburg for 
one year. The teachei's of that school belonged to the 
society called Brethren of the Common Life. Their sti-ess 
upon practical Christianity coupled with mystical piety 
might have exerted a wholesome and formative influence 
upon the young :student." 

An elder statesman several years ago said, "The world 
and particularly the United States of America owes more 
to the steadying influence of the Friends and Brethren 
than any other Religious group regardless of size." 

I trust the above review and comments are sufficient 
to cause the Brethren Church, You and You, and You, 
to realize the tremendous job we must cany on to keep 
the light burning in this already darkened world; that 
you will realize why we continually emphasize the Pi'ac- 
tices and Beliefs which are the Brethren Church, because 

Hold high the torch! 

You did not light its glow — 

'Twas given you by other hands, you know. 

'Tis yours to keep it burning bright, 

Yours to pass on when you no more need light, 

For there are other feet we must guide, 

And other forms go marching by our side; 

Their eyes are watching every smile and tear 

And efforts which we think are not worth while 

Are sometimes just the very help they need; 

Actions to which their souls would give most heed; 

So that in turn they'll hold it high 

And say, "I watched someone else carry it this way." 

If brighter paths should beckon you to choose 

Would your small gain compare \vith all you'd lose ? 

Hold high the torch! 

You did not light its glow — 

'Twas given you by other hands, you know. 

I think it started down its pathway bright. 

The day the Maker said; "Let there be light!" 

And He, once said, who hung on Calvary's tree — 

YE are the Light Of The Worid." 

. . . GO! . . . SHINE FOR ME. 

Mineral Point, Penna., R. D, 1. 




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WATERLOO, IOWA. "Open House," was held at the 
parsonage on Sunday, January 13th, afternoon and eve- 
ning, by Brother and Sister Albert T. Ronk. 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. On the first Sunday in 
the new year Brother H. H. Rowsey awarded in advance 
Certificates of Loyalty for regular church attendance 
from January to Easter. The certificates were distributed 
to all members and to friends of the church with the space 
for names left blank. Those who received them filled in 
their own names as an indication that they would be 
faithful and loyal in attending the services of worship. 

Brother Charles Kraft is the scheduled guest speaker 
Sunday morning January 20, in the annual public program 
of the Woman's Missionary Societies. 

SPECIAL. Air Force Chaplain Eugene J. Beekley was 
able to spend Christmas with his family at their home 
in Sarasota, Florida, through a tightly knit flying sched- 
ule, using a number of different airlines, civilian and 
military, which brought him 13,000 miles from Korea to 
Sarasota. Brother Beekley left his post in Korea on De- 
cember 20th and arrived home on the 24th. Leaving Korea 
on Thursday, he landed in Japan, leaving there Friday 
evening and arriving in San Fi-ancisco Sunday morning. 
Passenger cancellations enabled him to ride to Dallas and 
then to Tampa by Monday noon. Chaplain Beekley's new 
station is Plattsburg, N. Y.; he is due there February 



The Home is in need of a nnarried nnan and 
wife (nniddle aged) to work af the Home, 
starting February 15th. If interested, write 
immediately to: 

Mr. Russell Kuns, Superintendent, 

The Brethren's Home, 

Flora, Indiana. 


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Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. DyoU Belote 



"Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises untoj 

our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely." Psalm | 

147:L i 

THE STORY GOES of a good Methodist brother, a| 
grand old man, who had given many years to prais- 
ing God in song. As sometimes happens, with even good 
folk, disease struck and the old gentleman contracted a 
cancer on his tongue, and the surgeons informed him 
that only an operation could prolong his life. The day 
came for the operation and they had gathered in the 
operating room, when the patient enquired of the surgeon 
once more: "Is it true that I shall never be able to sing 
again?" The doctor replied that such would be the result 
of the operation. 

"Then lift me up a bit doctor. I have had many a good 
time singing God's praises, and now you tell me I shall 
never be able to sing any more after the operation. I have 
one song that I want to sing which will be my last." 

It is said that no one who heard that song from the 
operator's table will ever forget it. This was the song:; 

"I'll praise my Maker, while I've breath. 
And when my voice is lost in death, 

Praise shall employ my nobler powers; 
My days of praise shall ne'er be past, 
While life and thought and being last. 

Or immortality endures." 

1 should like to have heard that solo, how about you, 
gentle reader? 

JANUARY 19, 1957 



no College Ave.. Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39582 

otiiributing Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Stc j 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. AssUtaai 


Hi-Fi is a term used to represent a fine reproduction 
in the recording of music and other sounds; however, the 
term may be applied just as accurately to other areas. 
For example, some Brethren are Hi-Fi in relation to mis- 

Recently this page has carried numerous appeals to 
churches, organizations and individuals to send in their 
mission offerings promptly. This is being written to r-e- 
port on the gratifying response to our appeal. During 
December we eyed the checking account balance rather 
quizzically, and anxiously began estimating whether or 
no'". it would cover the January 1 bills. Then offerings 
began coming in— many of them a substantial increase 
over last year's. 

Temporarily — at least — we are out of the woods, but 
your support must continue. (Don't forget about rising 
jprices and our constantly expanding work — three mis- 
jsionary couples going to the field soon and the increas- 
ing scope of our home mission work.) 

If this prompt response means that offerings will drop 
off hereafter, we will shortly be in a similar situation. 
Keep giving often, regularly and generously. Meanwhile, 
THANK YOU for your HI-FI response to our appeal. 


Some individuals have been sending in most generous 
offei-ings. Some rather substantial ones have arrived from 
Cleveland, Ohio; Harrisonburg and Woodstock, Virginia; 
Goshen, Indiana. Even Dr. "Break-the-Bank" Duncan, 
jWho proved himself something of an intellectual giant, 
and of whom we were all very proud, generously shared 
ihis winnings with us. 

Of course, we don't mean to imply that only the large 
gifts are appreciated; in fact, they are all indicative of 
zeal for a great work. They all represent the concern 
of our Hi-Pi Brethren. 


When General Secretary Berkshire was returning from 
Tucson, Arizona, with his family, on January 6, another 
car skidded into the Berkshire vehicle, resulting in some 
minor injuries to Mrs. Berkshire — cuts about the face — 
and a cracked rib for W. C. B., besides considerable 
damage to the Buick. 

After a few days in the hospital at Rushville, Indiana, 
near where the accident occurred, Mrs. Berkshire was 
released and they were able to return home. The chil- 
dren were not injured. We are all thankful that the acci- 
dent did not have more serious consequences. 

While in Arizona, Reverend Berkshire spent some time 
in Phoenix, surveying the location and interviewing 
Brethren people interested in organizing a church of our 
denomination in that city. 


Once more the sailing date for Bischofs and Krafts has 
been changed. (Incidentally, it isn't our missionaries 
who are making these changes; they stand ready and 
only follow plans made for them. Since they are sched- 
uled to go by freighter, there are many things that may 
affect their sailing.) 

The date now is set for February 21 on the African 


The Missionary Board is scheduled for its first meet- 
ing of the entire Board since General Conference on Jan- 
uary 15. The Executive Committee and Kentucky Com- 
mittee will meet the evening preceding. 

Each in His Own Tongue 

Irven Stern 

This business of working in a place like our mission 
area in Nigeria must seem strange to a missionary for 
a long, long time. For at home a pastor in Virginia can 
hold a week's meetings in Pennsylvania, then go to Iowa 
for a week of meetings and wind up in California, being 
understood by his listeners in each place. But here in 
Nigeria that could never happen with the present setup. 
The Lassa people understand Margi. Just across the 
Yedseram River, two or three miles away the people 
speak Higi. 

Twenty-five miles in another direction people speak 
Kiba. Thirty miles to the west people speak Chibuk. At 
Garkida, one hundred miles away, the people speak Bura. 
Hausa and Fulani are used all around us. I do not know 
the exact number, but I am quite sure that a score or 
more languages are used within a one-hundred mile 
radius around Lassa. Missionaries who have been here 
a gi'eat deal longer than I say that number is too con- 
servative. At least, it gives one an idea of the problem. 

And once you have learned to speak Margi here in 
Lassa you are still not able to communicate with all 
Margi-speaking people. For just twenty-three miles away 
is our Gulak station, which is in the Margi area, and 
Lassa missionaries need an interpreter when they go 
there. The same is true at our new Uba station where 
the people speak South-Margi. These dialects are quite 

The language barrier is no small problem to the new 
missionary — or perhaps the more experienced one for 
that matter. Very few things are translated into these 
various languages. When you want to read a certain 
scripture or preach on a certain text you do not have 
to worry about what translation of the Bible to use. If 
you could only use the King James or the American Re- 
vised or the Revised Standard Version! You must resort 
to making your own in most cases! — taken from The 
Gospel Messenger. 





(Ed. Note. The following letter was received from 
Brother E. J. Black, and we are glad to pass his message 
os\ to all Brethren.) 

Dear Bro. Benshoff: 

1 want to express my sincere appreciation to the many 
Christian friends all over the brotherhood vi^ho have re- 
membered us so faithfully in prayer and for the hun- 
dreds of cards and letters received during our illness. 

The folk here in the Muncie church decided to in- 
vite Mrs. Black and others to supply the pulpit until 
the Doctors would permit me to return to my work here 
which would be from six months to a year. 

But we do thank God that our health is much improved 
and I am sure I will be back to work much sooner than 
that. I am doing some visiting, and I conduct Prayer meet- 
ings, funerals, etc Mrs. Black has done all the preach- 
ing and will continue until I am able to take up my full 
schedule again. 

The work is going along nicely here. Attendance and 
offerings have not suffered in the least bit. Souls are 
l)eing saved, the people encouraged in their faith, and 
growth is apparent in every department. 

I want to publicly thank our members here for the 
love and consideration they have shown Ann and me 
during our dark days. 

We are living again in the parsonage and our address 
will be as usual 1418 Kirby Ave., Muncie, Ind. 

Again many thanks for your remembrance of us. 

E. J. Black. 



The Burlington Brethren church has had two good re- 
vivals since we came here as pastor two years ago. The 
first was led by Thomas and Thomas, and the second by 
Thomas and Tinkel. 

Rev. William Thomas of North Liberty, Indiana, was 
our evangelist in 1955, and Rev. Arthur Tinkel of Oakville, 
Indiana, in 1956. 

Joe Thomas, formerly a member of the Dixie Four 
Quartet of the Cadle Tabernacle, was our song director 
for both meetings. Joe came to us from Indianapolis. 

Rita Straber of the Cadle Tabernacle staff helped in 
both meetings. 

The messages were of the best, the singing was su- 

perb and the crowds were good. We really had a goo(j| 
time together. 

The people of Burlington know how to sing and thejj 
do just that. Among the members of our church there isi 
a men's chorus, a men's quartet, a mixed quartet, a girls ' 
quartet and a girls' trio. The congregational singing if 
a joy to any preacher's heart. The Lord has blessed usi 
with many pianists, oi'ganists and soloists. No mattei 
who does the playing or the singing it is sure to be domj 
well. I 

Men, talented and consecrated, are prominent in thfi 
Burlington Brethren church. Recently at our Homecom' 
ing a panel of six men started off the program of the] 
day with the discussion of the Sunday School lesson. All 
the end of the afternoon session some of us were a bill 
surprised when we realized that there had been onlj 
one person of the fair sex on the all-day program. Hi 
had just happened that way and v^■e all liked it. Of course i 
the ladies at Bui-lington are extra special, too, as manjj 
of you know ah'eady. 

The Burlington Brethren have not acquired the habit oj| 
leaving the church after the Sunday School hour. That! 
too, is a joy to the minister's heart. 

Wright and Charley Hendrix, staunch pillars of thci 
church, have been called home during the last year! 
Wright was called July 23, and Charley October first. 
They will surely be missed here, as well as in the broth- 
erhood. These men were brothers and have been active iri 
the church for many years. Wright was perhaps th<i 
better knovim in the denomination because of his faith I 
ful attendance at national and district conferences untiij 
a heart condition made this impossible. | 

Definite improvements have been made within the pasj 
two years both in the church and the parsonage. Then! 
is need for more classroom space. A building fund hai; 
been started and a committee appointed to work on thiij 
project. j 

The rural area here is well churched thus limiting thiij 
congregation in some things but it has learned to exce; 
in many others. ' 

Floyd Sibert, Pastor. 


The Brethren Church of Linwood, Md. enjoyed a weell 
of Revival Sez'vices November 4-10, We were very for ' 
tunate to have as our guest minister Rev. Clarence A 
Stogsdill from Johnstown, Pa. The Services began oi 
Sunday evening and continued through Saturday. We arij 
very grateful to the Third Brethren Church for sharinj 
their Pastor with us that Vv^e might enjoy a great timi; 

Brother Stogsdill's messages were very inspiring 
challenging, and true to the Word. In addition to preach I 
ing the Word each evening Brother Stogsdill visited witll 
the P'astor many homes of the Congregation during thi; 
day. Monday was spent in visiting the sick, two of whicl 
were in the same Hospital at the same time; Universit; 
Hospital, Baltimore, Md. This was Brother Stogsdill' i 
first time in the great City of Baltimore. Thursday af i 
temoon was spent in a trip to a historic spot of thi i 

ANUARY 19, 1957 


lation, namely, Gettysburg, Pa. The Pastor and wife 
lad other business there that afternoon which had been 
ireviously planned, but after learning that Brother 
itogsdill had never been there we so arranged our busi- 
tess as to give us time to do some sight-seeing. This in- 
luded a tour of part of the battlefields then a walk up 
ight flights of steps to the top of the tower overlook- 
ng President Eisenhower's farm. All of these expedi- 
ions were both exciting and thrilling as well as spirit- 
lally uplifting. 

The Evangelist made his home with the Pastor and 
amily for the week. Our fellowship with Brother Stogs- 
lill in our home and in the Church and our contacts in 
he community including our exciting trips will long be 

We had delegations from several of the community 
yhurches. Monday night special music was furnished by 
he Edgewood Church of the Brethren. Tuesday night a 
lelegation along with their Pastor Rev. J. H. Hoch from 
he Uniontown Church of God furnished special music. 
Mpe Creek Church of the Brethren was represented the 
lame night. Wednesday night the Edgewood Church was 
igain represented with special music. Friday night the 
brethren Service Center, New Windsor, was represented 
vith special music. The Edgewood Church was again 
•epresented. The same night a group from the Keymar 
loliness Christian Church was present. On Saturday 
Wght the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren was rep- 
esented with special music. 

We thank all our many Christian friends and neigh- 
)ors of the community for their moral support as well 
is their contributions in special music, etc. Likewise we 
iippreciate the loyalty and faithfulness of our own mem- 
;iership and friends. The crowds were never overflow- 
ing. But the crowds each evening were faithful and re- 
sponsive, eager to hear the Word. In addition to the 
immediate Church work of the week the Pastor and 
evangelist visited the New Windsor Brethren Service 
Center. On Friday afternoon we visited the New Wind- 
sor High School's Assembly. The Principal, Mr. Martin, 
introduced to the Assembly this Pastor, who in turn in- 
iroduced Rev. Stogsdill to address the group which in- 
cluded part of the faculty and about 200 students begin- 
ling with the ninth grade through the senior class. Rev. 
5togsdill spoke upon the text: "What is that in thy 
kand?" His address was very timely and appropriate and 
,/ell received. We received many comments afterwards. 
I We seek no honor or special credit for anything. But 
jhe week and its activities testified and bore fruit to the 
:;ood-will which we have worked so hard to create. It 
jiade us think anew of Paul's reassuring words: "We 
mow that all things work together for good to them that 
ove the Lord." And likewise the words of the Psalmist 
,'f the long ago: "Beholcl, how good and how pleasant it 
3 for brethren to dwell together in unity." 
I One young girl gave her heart to the Lord during the 
jv^eek of services. She was baptized and received into the 
thurch after the morning Worship November 18. We 
:now that others were made to think and were inspired 
n their Christian life and blessed anew. We thank our 
lirother for coming our way. And may we all "grow in 
:race and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
I Bruce C Shanlioltz, Pastor. 


The writer had the joyful experience and privilege of 
speaking to the Linwood congregation and friends of the 
community nightly during the week of November 4 to 
10, closing on Saturday night. Thanks to the Shanholtz's 
for an enjoyable week of fellowshiping in their home, 
and being recipient to their Christ-like hospitality dur- 
ing the week-campaign. 

Brother Shanholtz holds the highest respect attrib- 
utable to a pastor in the community of Linwood and sur- 
rounding area, and is regarded as a friend to young 
people and faculty alike in the little grade-high school 
at New Windsor. The writer had the privilege of address- 
ing the faculty and student body on Friday afternoon of 
the week of the revival. The spirit and response of these 
good people, young and old alike, is wonderful to a vis- 
iting speaker. The field is rich, not only in the outreach 
for the unsaved, but also in the potential of tractable 
Christian spirits that are hungry for the Word. Brother 
Shanholtz is loved for his determination to bring com- 
fort, education and communion to these people. The com- 
munity and church are built upon the rock of fundamental 
Christianity, headed by the Shanholtz family. 

Though the attendance was not overflowing, the num- 
bers were constant, and those who began with us at any 
time did not fail to return and stay with us until the 
end, except in the case of sickness or uncontrollable cir- 

One soul was saved, and many other influenced strong- 
ly by the revival, which, by the way, was not "preached 
up" by the visiting speaker, but "prayed down," and 
"worked out" by the pastor and his fine crew of Chris- 
tian members. The writer would suggest to any future 
evangelists who have not yet been on this field, "come 
prepared to speak from and upon the Word." They feed 
upon it almost in a physical sense. 

May God richly bless the Linwood church and com- 
munity, and keep them in the center of His will. Our ob- 
servation is that revival currents nan deep, and prayer 
and Bible study will stir the unsaved to a quick and 
lively saving knowledge of the Lord. It was in this 
church that the writer experienced a sense of true re- 
vival, so difficult to find nowadays, due to the "dignity" 
and false ideas regarding revivals, so universal today. 

Clarence A. Stogsdill. 


The writer, accompanied by Mrs. Grisso, spent the first 
two weeks of October in a driving trip through the 
eastern states and on to Florida. It is not our purpose 
here to speak of the places visited and the various expe- 
riences encountered except for the one Lords Day that we 
spent at 

Sarasota, Florida 

Indeed, Florida does have some very interesting places 
and attractions for the visitor, but with it all, its parks, 
its lakes, its orchards and everything that nature has 
provided, withal, there is nothing quite so interesting 
as just to meet folks. Especially those of "like precious 
faith," and to observe the beginnings and the growth 



of a new work for the Lord. Accoi-dingly, the time we 
spent with the little group of believers at Sarasota, re- 
mains in our minds and in our hearts as the high-light 
experiences of the entire trip. 

First, let us say that I believe that the work is in 
good hands. This always means much in the establishing 
of a new church. Their leadership in these initial days 
can be commended and should be given all credit for 
the thus far rapid progress being made. 

The sei-\-ices of this particular Lord's Day of which 
I write was attended by fifty-three people, all of whom 
were deeply interested in the sei-vice and the new work. 
The sei-vice itself was of the highest order, with good 
singing, good preaching, and a friendliness and sociabil- 
ity not found in all too many of our older and larger 

We greatly appreciated the time of fellowship we had 
with the Vanators and the Mohlers in their home. To 
say the least, their work is truly a labor of love. 

Brother and Sister Allen Shaffer had just arrived 
from Warsaw, as also Brother and Sister John Weigley 
from Smithville, Ohio. Both of these good Brethren fam- 
ilies will be valuable additions to the work. We spent 
several hours with the Weigleys at their beautiful new 
home in Bradenton just eleven miles from Sarasota. 

Thus Brethren, let us have the new pastor. Brother 
Lyle Lichtenberger on our hearts and remember the work 
much in our prayers, and then we can claim the right 
to expect great things from the work at Sarasota 
through the days ahead. This is truly ONE OF OUR 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois 

Lord's Day, November 18th, found us with the Breth- 
ren at Cerro Gordo, Illinois, where we had been invited 
to speak at their annual Home-Coming. This was a real- 
for-sure homecoming for us, for over a period of fifty 
years we had visited this church in various roles. Twice 
we served them as an evangelist when the Lord gave 
us a goodly number of souls. 

At this writing the church is without a pastor. Al- 
though without a resident shepherd, the interest and at- 
tendance at all services is keeping up splendidly. Their 
membership in our recent annual is eighty-one. But 
listen, the Bible School attendance is averaging around 
one hundred, and on this Lord's Day of which I write 
it was one hundred and five. During this brief visit we 
spoke twice on the Lord's Day and again on Monday 
evening and shared with them in their Love-Feast on 
Tuesday evening. 

This is one of our good smaller churches. It is small 

The fellowship dinner was well attended. It was in- 
deed a time of fellowship and blessing together. Through 
personal contact at the noon meal a fine young man and 
his wife decided to come into the fellowship of the church. 
He was received and his wife awaits baptism. They will 
be helpful additions to the work. 

All in all these four days that we spent with the 
brethren at Cerro Gordo will be long remembered. Our 
only regret in connection with it all is that we could not 
see our way clearly to accept the kind invitation to come 
into their midst and shepherd the flock. We feel that the 
time has come with us that we must turn the heavy re- 

sponsibilities of the pastorate over into younger hands, i 

This to me is the most difficult task that I have ever, 

experienced, namely, the easing up in a task to which I 

T have given more than a half century. We shall pray { 

that the Lord will lay it upon the heart of the right! 

man to take over the work. Thanks, Cerro Gordo, for allj 

your kindnesses to us. We deeply appreciate it all. I 

Let us continue to be faithful Brethren. The time isi 

short. Indeed, it may be much later than we think. j 

Yours, In the Blessed Hope. j 

C. C. Grisso, North Manchester, Ind. j 


COLUMBUS, OHIO— Awards totaling $1,000.00 in caslj 
and two trips to Portland, Oregon, will be given in thd 
sixth Christian Endeavor Citizenship Contest sponsorecj 
by the International Society of Christian Endeavor, ac-j 
cording to announcement made by Robert C. Ross, Citi-I 
zenship Director. j 

Young people living in the United States or Canada j 
may participate in the contest which is to challenge youtl 
as Christian citizens and to interest them in combating | 
the evils of Communism, narcotics, the liquor traffic | 
gambling, and prejudice. 1 

There will be two divisions in the competition. One wil j 
be for all youth who are in high school or below on Feb! 
ruary 4, 1957. The second division will be for those youtl ; 
who have completed high school but have not reachecj 
their 25th birthday by February 4, 1957. j 

Winners will be determined by the merits of "A Letj 
ter to My Congressman" or for Canadian youth, "A Let | 
ter to My M. P." (not to exceed 1,000 words) on th(| 
and a Christian Citizenship Service Record of the indi ' 
vidual. ! 

Contests will be held in states and provinces. Th; 
winners in these areas will compete in regions and thi| 
regional winners will be eligible for the top international 

The first award in each division will be $200.00 in casl, 
plus a grant (to a maximum of $250.00) for expense' 
of attending the 44th International Christian Endeavo| 
Convention in Portland, Oregon, July 8-13, 1957. Speciaj 
recognition will be given to these first place winners anj 
others at the convention. | 

The second award will be $100.00 in cash and the thir! 
$50.00 in each division. For the next six runners-up ij 
the international finals in each division there will bj 
prizes of $25.00 for each. Certificates of Recognition vn.] 
be awarded the winners of all state and provincial cor 
tests. j 

Leaflets containing detailed information may be secure»[ 
from the International Society of Christian Endeavor, 122| 
East Broad Street. Columbus 16, Ohio. 

(Editor's Note: MISS LOIS SHANHOLTZ, of Linwo<wi 
Maryland, was the Maryland State Winner, Class A, in th ' 
1956 Contest. Her prize winning essay appeared in thi 
Brethren Evangelist, issue of August 25, 1956. Lois '■{ 
the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Bruce C. Shanholtz, paii 
tor of vour church at Linwood.) i 

ANUARY 19, 1957 



:hurch building to continue to 

i>0AR DURING 1957 

American Protestants will need about 100,000 new 
i:hurches during the next 20 years, Dr. George A. Fallon 
[old the Methodist Council of Evangelism at its first an- 
imal meeting early this month. At the current rate of 
growth, Protestants should gain 38 million members dur- 

g this period, he said. 

In Washington, government experts of the Commerce 
nd Labor departments predicted that church construc- 
ion would reach a new peak in 1957, topping this year's 
stimated $775 million by at least 13 per cent. This 
vould indicate total church construction of about $875 
nillion next year, and would account for about 2 per 
ent of all construction activity, a new high. 

Meanwhile, Episcopal Church building plans got a 
)oost when the Episcopal Church Foundation received 
;i million from an anonymous donor for church con- 
jitruction in areas where population growth has caused 
ii shortage of facilities. New residential communities and 
|ireas adjacent to military installations were expected to 
)e the chief beneficiaries. The Foundation said loans 
Tom the fund would be made to eligible congregations 
or a 10-year period without interest. 




President Magsaysay is under pressure from the Roman 
I!atholic Church to officially dedicate the Philippines to 
he Sacred Heart of Jesus. Reports indicate it seems like- 
y he may comply with their request, perhaps for polit- 
cal reasons, since he is due for re-election next year. 

The dedication issue is not a new one. In 1937, at- 
:empts were made to persuade President Quezon to do 
'.he same thing. He established a precedent when he re- 
plied to the Archbishop of Manila, "Well, I'm a good 

atholic, but I cannot perform what you want me to do 
:)ecause it would be in violation of the separation of 

hurch and state." 

There is much public opinion in the matter, particu- 
larly among the minority religious groups in the Phil- 
ppines, and the press has given favorable coverage to 
their complaints. 






A native uprising in Dutch New Guinea last Novem- 
ber 4th, in which 12 native teachers were killed, a mis- 
sion school burned to the ground and a newly-arrived 
missionary aircraft chopped to pieces, has been con- 
firmed by the foreign secretary of the Christian and 
Missionary Alliance, Louis L. King. 

Mr. King released the text of a cablegram he received 
last November 6th from CMA missionary Robert Chris- 
man in New Guinea and at the same time revealed that 
a second attack on another station had been repelled by 
local police. No missionary loss of life was suffered in 
either uprising. 

In the first attack at Obano the Kapaukus, alai-med 
because their pigs were dying of disease, killed 12 nation- 
al teachers, burned the entire village — including the CMA 
mission school — to ashes and chopped a newly received 
mission aircraft into useless pieces. In the second attack 
a three-day attempt to destroy an outpost at Enarotali 
was repelled by New Guinea police. There were 23 mis- 
sionaries at Enarotali, none at Obano. 

The situation, according to King, quieted down after 
local police inflicted severe reprisals and made many ai*- 


A group of scientists meeting in New York City were 
told that recent laboratory experiments are "expected 
to show that man is a natural and orderly development 
of the physical universe; a development, like a moun- 
tain range or a lake, that did not require the interven- 
tions of supernatural powers." 

The experiments that set off these unscriptural sug- 
gestions were part of a day-long discussion on "Spon- 
taneous Generation." The discussion was a pai't of the 
opening session of the 123d annual meeting of the Amer- 
ican Association for the Advancement of Science. 

The session on spontaneous generation, held jointly 

with the New York Academy of Sciences, was at the 

Barbizon-Plaza Hotel last December 27. Dr. George Wald, 

Professor of Biology at Harvard University, commented 

(Continued on Page 13) 



Elder S. C Henderson 

FAILING IN HEALTH for the past three years, 
the Rev. Samuel Chadbourne Henderson died 
at 6:45 P. M., Monday, November 5, 1956, at the 
Bigelow Nursing Home, Roanoke, Indiana. Brother 
Henderson was 75 at the time of his passing. 

Funeral rites were held at the Roanoke Brethren 
church on the afternoon of Thursday, November 
8th, with Dr. Claud Studebaker, pastor of the 
Huntington Brethren Church; Rev. Paul D. Tinkel, 
pastor of the Roanoke Brethren Church; and Rev. 
C. C. Grisso, of North Manchester, participating. 
Burial was in the Roanoke I. 0. 0. F. cemetery. 

Brother Henderson was born in Vinton, Iowa, to 
Samuel M. and Mary (Flickinger) Henderson, on 
Sept. 2, 1881. His marriage was on June 16, 1909 
to Bertha Johnson of Adams County, Iowa. She fol- 
lowed him in death on December 13, 1956. He is 
survived by a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Williams, two 
sons, Edgar, of Hartford City, Indiana, and Myron, 
of Fort Wayne and four grandchildren. 

Brother Henderson united with the Brethren 
Church at Garrison, Iowa, in 1898, and was bap- 
tized by Elder S. H. Bashor. He entered Ashland 
College in the fall of 1904, and went to Morrill 
and Hamlin, Kansas, in January 1909, as pastor. 
Succeeding pastorates included Brooklyn, Iowa, and 
then another year at Ashland College, during which 
time he served the Gretna church, and the Zion 
Hill church in Wayne County, Ohio, which church 
later grew into the present Smithville, Rittman and 
and Sterling churches. He then went back to Iowa, 
taking up the Garwin pastorate; then a second pas- 


torate at Hamlin, followed by pastorates at Flora, 
Indiana; Clay City, Indiana; Fremont, Ohio, and 
Oakville, Indiana, going to Roanoke, Indiana in 
1931. He had a pastorate at Leon, Iowa, 1935-36, 
returning to Roanoke, September 1936, where he 
remained as pastor until his retirement in October 

Brother Henderson was honored by the Roanoke 
congregation in March 1954, marking 45 years in 
the ministry. 

A Tribute to Rev. S. C. Henderson 

REV. S. C. HENDERSON was my good personal 
friend and brother beloved for many years. Some 35 years 
ago we met at conference at Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
ever since, our paths have crossed, having each served 
in three of the same churches and I serving as evange- 
list in the church at Roanoke, Indiana, where he was 
pastor for more than 20 years. 

Since coming to Huntington, only ten miles from 
Roanoke and since his wife was in the hospital as the 
result of rather a severe stroke, Mrs. Studebaker and 
I went over to call on him, as his health was not so 
rugged. He was also in a home. We had a very pleasant 
visit and he seemed so alert as we talked about places 
and people and work of past years. After a time of 
prayer we left him in fine spirit. 

While at the supper table the same evening he sud- 
denly came to the end of life's road. This was Monday, 
and the funeral service was on Thursday (Nov. 8th) 
from the Roanoke Brethren church where he had served 
so long as pastor. Rev. C. C. Grisso and Rev. Paul D. 

Tinkel shared in the service. We used the comfortin 
words of Rev. 14:13 as an appropriate text for thi| 
faithful minister of the gospel: "And I heard a voicl 
from heaven saying unto me, Write. Blessed are thj 
dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saitj 
the Spirit, that they may I'est from their labors; an! 
their works do follow them." j 

Their family left to carry on, a daughter, Mrs. Virg 
Williams and Edgar and Myron, all public school teacl* 
ers. They will carry on the high standard of life taugH 
them in the lovely home. The body was laid to rest ij 
a beautiful spot near the home where they had sper! 
so many years. We sorrow not as others which have nj 
hope. Our comfort is in the glorious hope of heaven. I 

Claud Studebaker. 

A Tribute to Mrs. S. C. Hendersomi 


IN THE PASSING of Mrs. S. C. Henderson, a veij 
worthy handmaid of the Lord, came to the close of j 
life of splendid Christian service. Her life companic j 

JANUARY 19, 1957 


)r many years preceded her by only a few weeks. He 
ad been quite feeble for some time but she had been 
aite well until a short time before his passing when 
ke suffered quite a severe stroke and was in the hos- 
ital at Huntington, Indiana, at the time of his passing, 
he was removed to Roanoke but had not improved 
reatly, and in a short time she also departed to be 
ith her Lord whom she loved and faithfully served. 

I was called to share in the service with the pastor, 
ev. Paul D. Tinkel, which service was held in the Roan- 
ice Brethren church where they had served as pastor 
lir more than twenty years. She was laid to rest in a 
pautiful spot only a short distance from their earthly 
ome where they had lived about 25 years. 

Mrs. Henderson was a very gracious lady and served 
jell in the church, maintaining an ideal home for a pas- 
jr and the three fine children that blessed the home, 
ivo boys and a girl, all public school teachers and faith- 
|il workers in the church. 

! Though a double portion of grief to the children and 
lose closely related in life, yet there is a sweet thought 
I life companions departing to a common home in glory 
1 so short a time. I had known these two fine people 
)me thirty years and always esteemed them very highly. 
Je comfort our hearts in the hope of a glorious home 
1 heaven where there is no pain, tears or death. 
Claud Studebaker, 
506 E. State St., Huntington, Ind. 

LAKE. Miss Gertrude Lake, retired Johnstown school 
teacher, died of a heart attack at the age of 69, on De- 
cember 25, 1956. Was born, Dec. 9, 1887. Was a very active 
member of the First Brethren Church of Johnstown, and 
also of the Woman's Missionary Society. Taught a Sun- 
day School class for many years, and was active in 
District and National work of the Brethren Church. 

FAUST. May Marshall Faust departed this life Oct. 
19, 1956, after a brief illness at the Greensburg Hos- 
pital, Greensburg, Penna. She was the wife of Judson 
E. Faust, pastor of the Highland Brethren Church. She 
was a member of the Gx'eensburg Church of the Brethren, 
but attended Highland faithfully since Rev. Faust's pas- 
torate here. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev, Wil- 
fred N. Staufer, with interment at the Westmoreland 
County Memorial Park. 

Jessie Phillips, Church Secretary. 

Rev. Henderson (left) and Trustee Robert Zent of the 
'oanoke church at ceremonies honoring Brother Hender- 
ion's forty-five years in the Brethren Ministry, March 
ll, 1954. 

KANAUER. Mrs. Harrietta Wallace Kanauer, 89, of 
Winona Lake, Indiana, died at the McDonald Hospital 
Thursday morning, December 27, of complications result- 
ing from a fractured hip. Her husband. Brother O. A. 
Kanauer passed away in 1946. Sister Kanauer is sundved 
by her son, H. F. Kanauer of Largo, Florida and her 
daughter, Mrs. Joyce K. Saylor of Winona Lake, Indiana. 
There also are three grandchildren and three great 
grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Landis 
Funeral Home in Warsaw, Saturday afternoon and the 
interment in the family plot in Oakwood cemetery. Ser- 
vices conducted by Rev. Robert G. Holsinger and Rev. 
Robert F. Porte. 

Robert F. Porte. 


(Continued from Page 11) 

at the close of the discussion that "five years ago no 
responsible scientist would have talked about spontane- 
ous generation." 

(Spontaneous generation, the biological idea that living 
matter might have been made from non-living, is a con- 
cept that man has puzzled over for centuries. Classic 
experiments in past centuries have "proved" that tiny 
creatures eventually appear in solutions of "dead" ma- 
terials; these experiments have been disproved as ex- 
amples of spontaneous generation by subsequent findings 
that the supposedly "dead" material contained eggs or 
seeds of living things.) 



Vrayer fUeeting 

hy (5. T. §ilmer 


More precious than gold or fame or love 

Is God's great Gift to earth. 
His Gift is one of utmost wealth 

To those who know its worth. 

The faith in prayer and God's great Word 

Protects all men from hax-m; 
It forms a shield from Satan's pow'r 

And tarnished worldly charm. 

In pi'ayer man has the strength to fight 
Those things which he knows wrong; 

To read God's Word means mental grace 
And heart and soul more strong. 

In touch with God from day to day 

Works miracles untold; 
Belief in God's great Gift to man 

Means more than fame or gold. 

— Selected. 

ALL WILL DO WELL to remember the spiritual ad- 
vice of Proverbs 3:5,6. We do well to take complete 
stock in the Word of God (Psalm 119:89). The most out- 
standing discovery of medical science, we are told, is the 
influence of the emotions on the human body (Prov. 
17:22). The Scripture has an antidote to human fear 
(2 Tim. 1:7). If we have occasion to fear, we can trust 
(Psalm 56:3). God tells us not to fear (Isaiah 41:10). 
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Psa. 27:1). 

We are not to be overruled by our emotions (Eph. 4:26, 
27). There is a wonderful substitute for anger (Prov. 
15:1). We are not to be "allergic" to resentment (Rom. 
12:19). The Bible has a preventive for emotional fatigue 
caused by worry, which is exhaustive (Isaiah 40:31). If 
we trust Christ, we do not woriy (Matt. 11:28). Let us 
be sure we are seeking the first things of life (Matt. 
6:33). We are not to be weary in giving our best to the 
Master (Gal. 6:9). What we generate within ourselves 
is not good, but the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces 
through us is good (Gal. 5:22, 23). 

Christian love is beneficial to one's personal health (1 
John 3:23). It makes a difference to know that God first 
loved us, and that we in turn are to love not only God, 
but also one another (1 John 4:10, 11). Love is the mark 
of a Christian (1 John 3:14). Not natural affection, but 
the presence of God's Spirit enables us to love our ene- 
mies. If our enemies cannot ruffle us we can be sure 
that nothing else will. It is not a matter of indifference 
but the positive effect of Christian love, joy (John 15:11), 
peace (Isaiah 26:3), longsuffering, gentleness, faith, 
meekness, temperance. 

First, we need peace with God (Rom. 5:1) by getting 
rid of our sin-sickness through the atonement (Isaiah 

53:5, 6). Thank God for the specific for sin (Col. 1:20) 'i 
Then it is that we enjoy the peace of God (Phil. 4:6, 7). 
There is a healing power of faith for the believer ( Jame ' 
5:15, 16). The believer need not fear death for that is 
promotion (Phil. 1:21). 

When I am tired, the Bible is my bed; 

Or in the dark, the Bible is my light; 
When I am hungry, it is vital bread; 

Or fearful, it is an armor for the fight. 
When I am sick, 'tis healing medicine; 
Or lonely, thronging friends I find therein. 

If I would work, the Bible is my tool; 

Or play, it is a harp of happy sound. 
If I am ignorant, it is my school; 

If I am sinking, it is solid ground. 
And wings, if boldly I aspire. 

— Fellowship News. 


William H. Anderson 

Lesson for January 27, 1937 


Lesson: Matthew 9:1-13 

[AN HAS INHERITED a fallen nature. His entir,i| 
being has been corrupted by sin. He is totally dei 
praved. There is no good in him, even as it is written: i 


"There is none righteous, no, not one: ' 

There is none that understandeth, I 

There is none that seeketh after God. 
They are all gone out of the way, they are togethe 
become unprofitable; , 

There is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3 



What hope is there, then, for man with his sin-tainte(; 
soul, and his disease- wracked body? ' 

Man needs a Deliverer! One who will come to his heli) 

One who will purify his heart and soul, and quicken hi: 

body. JESUS CHRIST is that One. On the Cross o 

Calvary He "took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses' 

(Matt. 8:17). 

In His earthly ministry Christ manifested victory eve 

sin and sickness. The account of the palsied man illus 

trates this fact. Three of the Gospel writers record thi; 

event for us. It is found in Matthew 9, Mark 2, and Luk( 

5. Our lesson is taken from Matthew's account. 

NEED was present. "A man sick of the palsy." S( 
paralyzed was this man that he could not walk, but de 
pended upon others to carry him. He needed help — hell 
beyond himself — divine help. 

It is not until we recognize our need that the Saviou:i 
will be of any help to us. If we feel sufficient in ou.'; 
own strength He will not help. When we come to tha 

A.NUARY 19, 1957 


lace where we realize human help has failed, and divine 
ssistance is sorely needed, then God will step in! 

FAITH was present. "Jesus seeing their faith ..." 
iVithout faith it is impossible to please Him," says 
le writer to Hebrews. Lack of faith is unbelief and 
tibelief will hinder the working of God. In Matthew 21 
jsus had returned once again to His own country, and 
e read: "And He did not many mighty works there he- 
luse of their unbelief." 

If we wish to obtain from God we must "ask in faith, 
othing wavering . . . For let not that man (who wavers 
I faith) think that he shall receive anything, of the 
ord" (James 1:6-7). 

CHRIST was present. Jesus Christ the Divine Son of 
od was there. This made all the difference! A NEED 
m be pi'esent, and FAITH can be present, but without 
HRIST all else will be in vain. 

Finally, DELIVERANCE was present. The body and 
le soul of the palsied man were delivered. "Thy sins be 
)rgiven thee . . . Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto 
line house." In the midst of great need, when faith is 
<erci.sed, and Christ is present. DELIVERANCE will 

What need do you have today? 

Are you weak in spirit ? CHRIST is the great Saviour 
tid Sanctifier who will give you victory over sin and 
a tan! 

Are you sick in body? CHRIST is the great Healer! 

Are you discouraged and troubled in mind about the 
iture? CHRIST is our Glorious Lord and Coming King! 

"Jesus only, Jesus ever, 
Jesus all in all we sing, 
j Saviour, Sanctifier, and Healer,- 

Glorious Lord and Coming King." 

mnday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Bourd of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


u the motto of the Boy Scouts: "Be Prepared." A pre- 
red teacher presenting a prepai'ed lesson is a joy to 
jihold. Believing that effective lesson preparation is 
;ie key to effective teaching, we present here a few 
loughts on how to study the Sunday school lesson. 
I 1. Where to Study 

j Physical position. Study your Sunday school lesson 
jhile sitting on a straight chair in front of a desk or 
|.ble. If the chair has a hard seat, that's all the better, 
ir an alert body encourages an alert mind. It's impos- 
[ble for mind or body to be alert while stretched full 
'ngth on the couch. 

Physical properties. Two essentials for any effective 
judy are good light and quiet surroundings. Proper 
?hting helps to take the drudgery out of any work, and 
iiet suiToundings are an absolute "must" for study. The 

Still, Small Voice simply cannot be heard above the 
din of radio, television, record player, or conversation. 
Find a i-elatively quiet place where you can be alone 
with the Lord as the two of you work together. Use the 
furnace room if you must, but find a quiet place. 

Physical materials. Your own well-marked Bible comes 
first, then several modern translations for comparison. 
Next is the Sunday school quarterly, supplemented by 
a good lesson commentary. A Bible dictionary and an 
English language dictionary are always helpful. Last — 
but very, very important — are paper and pencil; and don't 
stick them under everything else — put them on top where 
you can use them! 

2, When to Study 

Begin Sunday afternoon. That's right: start Sunday 
afternoon to prepare your lesson for next week. If you 
begin right away your pupils and their needs will be 
fresh in your mind, for you were with them only a few 
hours ago. Starting Sunday afternoon gives you a whole 
week in which to think through the lesson for possible 
approaches, special features, etc.; it also gives you a 
week to collect objects, stories, and pictures needed to 
teach the lesson effectively. 

Study 15 minutes every day. Fifteen minutes a day 
isn't much, but that amounts to nearly two hours a weelv. 
And it's far better to spend a few minutes each day on 
the lesson than to cram in all into one frantic half hour 
on Sunday morning. Many teachers do all their lesson 
preparation on Saturday evening — unless company comes. 
But if they studied only 15 minutes every day, they'd 
be ready when Saturday night came — company or no 

Think during "idle time." We all waste hours every 
day by allowing our minds to wander while we perform 
routine tasks. You can find much more time for study- 
ing the lesson if you get it firmly in mind on Sunday 
afternoon and then think about it every day in your 
idle moments. Try mulling over your Sunday school les- 
son while shaving, doing the dishes, driving to work, or 
cleaning the house. 

Finally, remember that the important element is not 
the hours put into study but study put into the hours. 
Make the most of what time you have. (Next week we'll 
look at that important question, "What to Study.") 

Stewardship Thought: 

by John T. Byler 

Matthew 6:22 

"What is that in thine hand?" 

GOD ASKED MOSES to perform an important task 
on a certain occasion, and Moses felt he was in- 
capable of fulfilling God's request. So God asked him 
what he held in his hand (Exodus 4:2). Moses learned an 
important lesson that day. He learned that God can take 
the possession that an individual has, and, although it 



be simple, that possession can be used for great works 
if used under God's direction. 

"What is that in thine hand?" 

Is it a certain ability that could be a means of bless- 
ing, through teaching a Sunday School Class, or through 
directing the Youth Work of your Church ? Is it a cheer- 
ful disposition that might be the means of spreading 
good cheer through some friendly visits on behalf of 
your church and your Lord? Is it the ability to witness 
to the love of God among your fellow workers? 

Many possessions and talents belong to all of us, and 
when we use them properly, we are good stewards. But 
when we are careless about their use, we fall short in 
our Christian privileges — especially that one called stew- 

"What is that in thine hand?'' 



Mrs. George Drushal 

Oct. 21. Sun. Mr. Robert Bauman and son Bobby and 
Mr. Dwight Miller from the Smithville, Ohio, church, 
drove in this afternoon with a load of clothing, canned 
food, etc. They came while we were at Rowdy and we 
were glad they stayed until we got back. Tried to get 
them to stay all night, but they wanted to get on to 
Krypton, so they could get an early start home in the 
morning. Papa was asked to hold another service at the 
Strong home tonight. No service here on account of 
meeting at the Strong home. The husband of the dead 
woman is one of our most faithful members of the 
church. She had been sick a long time and unable to at- 
tend. Had quite a time in my S. S. class at Rowdy to- 
day. A little boy whom I doubt had ever before been in 
S. S. made such a disturbance that I could not teach 
the class for some time. I told him it might be best to 
go out and ask the Sup't. what to do with a little boy 
who did not know how to behave. I opened the door and 
spoke to the Sup't., but before he had time to reply, I 
turned to the boy and said, "But maybe you'd like to be 
good." He said he would, and had no more trouble with 
him. Hope he comes back next Sunday. Orlena and Emma 
went to Fugate's Fork with Adah. They did not have so 
far to walk today. Mrs. Stewart here from Martin Co. 
Brought me some catnip plants which I have been trying 
to get for Summimites, our old cat. 

Oct. 22, Men. Dismissed high school this afternoon, so 
all could attend funeral of Mrs. Strong. Papa had charge 
of funeral but called on Bro. Jackson and Bro. Gross 
to speak fiz-st. Adah sang twice. I went to services at the 
home, but did not feel able to climb the high hill to the 
grave. Papa climed it quite easily. After the funeral, 
had faculty meeting. Served coffee and cake which the 
Smithville folks had sent. Discussed the problem of hav- 
ing no coach for basketball. Decided to ask Kenneth 
Mullins who is working here. 

Oct. 24. Wed. Had meeting after prayer meeting tonight 
to discuss the feasibility of having a meeting after 
Thanksgiving, of the former students and friends, with a 

supper, charging for the supper, and in this way raisin! 
money for the new building. i 

Oct. 25. Thur. Telegram from Miss Hooks sajring slj 
would be here Monday to relieve the high school situii 
tion. We praise the Lord for this. The Lord knew v: 
could not go on much longer without help. Mr. and Mr' 
Mauzey here this afternoon from Wai'saw, Indiana. The I 
spent a couple pleasant hours before going on to Kryj: 
ton. Just before supper. Ward and Tora Craft, student 
of Riverside about 30 years ago, called. They were chij 
dren then and we did not recognize them at first. Wh(j 
we asked them if they were still faithful to the Lor' 
Ward said, "Yes, I'm a preacher." He said he still htj 
the Bible we gave him and never forgot what we sal 
to him as we gave it, "Take this, read it, believe it ar! 
obey it." He decided he would, and that led him into tl! 
ministry. i 

Oct. 26. Fri. Group of young folks from Brother Batej 
church in North Manchester, Ind., arrived. They ari 
Janis Mishler, Becky Sue Ayers, Lavaughn Kindle | 
Cynthia Carter, Alice Kindley, Ruth Ann Warren, Gei 
Ruse, Ann Urschel, John Myers, Mrs. Lester Urschd 
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Kindley and Ralph Ward. We entej 
tained four in the parsonage, two in Myer's Hall, thn, 
in the Wheeler Home and the others in the girls' dornii 
tory. They brought clothing, fruit, canned goods ai' 
cookies. They gave an excellent program in the chap' 
tonight. Had baptismal service for new converts. 

Oct. 27. Sat. Our North Manchester friends to Krypt<i 
where they had a service, then back here and to Haddj 
for their program tonight. Some of us went to Haddi 
with them and enjoyed hearing their program the se| 
ond time. Wouldn't mind hearing it the third time. Wh(i 
back from Haddix, Adah had a little party for them i 
the dormitory. She then put her little ones to bed ai 
they all came over here and toasted marshmallows I 
our fireplace and sang choruses. Our big living room ' 
a nice place for such gatherings. Cleo Campbell here f | 
the week end. | 

Oct. 28. Sun. Our Indiana friends could not stay fi 
church but were hei-e for S. S. and took charge of t( 
music. At Papa's request they sang again "The He! 
City." Their coming has been a pleasant event. Just aftj 
dinner Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frey and Mr. and Mrs. Llo i 
Conrad from North Manchester arrived. As is true \ 
most of our guests, they left too soon. Adah took Orle \ 
with her to Fugate's Fork. It pleases us to see our hi.j 
school girls ready and willing to help with this Bilj 
work even though it means a long, hard walk. J 
naughty boy was back in S. S. at Rowdy today. Wh 
I said "You are going to be my good boy today," i 
said "I didn't know no better than to do the way I di( 
He behaved nicely. 

Oct. 29. Men. Had lots of things to discuss in facul 
meeting today. Served banana-nut cake, and coffee 
teachers. Nut cake made by Mrs. Hartzler of Smithvil 
Ohio. (Children enjoyed the cookies the Smithville a 
North Liberty folks brought.) Bessie Hooks came tod 
to help with the high school teaching. An answer 
prayer. God knew we couldn't go on much longer t 
way we were going. Rev. and Mrs. Rambsel of Adri; 
Pa. brought her. Mr. Ronk and Mr. Teed working tod 
on our heating system. Faculty decided to ask Gor(3 
to come and help with athletics. 


\NUARY 19, 1957 





. TOVEMBER 30, 1956 rang down the curtain 
^ on Cambria County Brethren Christian En- 
eavor Union, and Christian Endeavor as an active 
art of the Brethren denomination. This was in- 
imitable from the time that Brethren Youth was 

In 1927, the following six churches, Mundy's 
orner, Vinco, Conemaugh, Johnstown, First, 
econd, and Third Brethren, combined their 
hristian Endeavor Societies to make up this 
nion and serve these churches and communi- 
es well over the years. 

Representatives of five of the original six at- 

Served 22 years as President 

tended the last meeting held at the last annual 
Fun Night at the Third Church. 

Incidently, of the many activities carried on 
by the union, it is sincerely hoped that what- 
ever organization takes over will continue Fun 
Night, which was held annually as a Christmas 
party with everybody attending bringing a gift 
marked "boy" or "girl," and then sent to Lost 
Creek, Kentucky, where they have been appre- 
ciated very much over the years. Other activi- 
ties arranged for and sponsored were Christian 
Endeavor Week led by Percy Crawford assisted 
by E. G. Pace; a Christian Endeavor emphasis 
week led by Rev. M. A. Stuckey. These are but 
two of the many worth while projects. 

Regular meetings were held quarterly, two be- 
ing missionary meetings, foreign and home, with 
substantial offerings lifted and sent to the Gen- 
eral Mission Board. 

The following served and served well as Presi- 
dent at various times: Tom Haminers, Floyd 
Benshoff, Mildred Furry and Walter C. Wertz. 
The last name concluded twenty-two consecutive 
years in that capacity, which if not a record, is 
certainly an accomplishment of which he may 
well be proud. 

Someone has said, and you have no doubt heard 
this before, "Once a Christian Endeavorer always 
a Christian Endeavorer, so we the Christian En- 
deavorers of the Brethren, particularly the Chris- 
tian Endeavor Union, now hold out the torch to 
Brethren Youth. May you carry it well. 

John Golby. 

Serving you the whole year through 

Publication Day Offering 

JANUARY 20. 1957 
GOAL — Not less than $5,000 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 




Bonnie Swihart in Lost Creek, Kentiick> 

NOW IS THE TIME of year to be thinking about your 
summer plans for 1957. Miss Bonnie Swihart from 
Goshen, Indiana says that teaching Bible School as a 
Brethren Youth Crusader is just about the best way to 
use the time you have in the summer. 

Last summer Bonnie left her "Home in Indiana" to 
teach Bible School in Kentucky for four weeks. The pic- 
ture above was snapped during the two week stay at the 
Riverside Christian School before going on to Krypton, 
Kentucky for the last two weeks. Bonnie is distributing 
supplies for one of her classes which included Bible 
teaching, projects and memory work. There was also 
time for recreation with the children and visits to the 
out-stations of the Lost Creek Mission. 

Kentucky is just one of the many locations where we 
have Bible School workers, so if you are interested, we 
have a place for you. It is difficult to think of the value 
of such an experience in dollars and cents alone, for the 
most important thing is that you are serving your Lord 
by using your talents and time to tell young people 
about His Son and the Holy Bible. Brethren Youth does 
offer you $15.00 per week to be applied to your tuition 
at Ashland College when you attend there. This work is 
open to fellows and girls who are Juniors in high school, 
wanting to know more about it, write Brethren Youth, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 





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more subscriptions. But better yet, subscribe to the B. " 
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North-east Ohio Rally I 

Sunday, January 27 Louisvil 

THEME: "Wash me . . . whiter than Snow." j 

TIME: 2:15 (not A. M.) j 

"Let's make it a good one by attending." 1 


Yesterday I called the three presidents of the Pa j 
Street Woman's Missionary Societies here in Ashla:; 
about housing for our guests for BRETHREN COLLECi 
DAY S on February 22-24. They all agreed to go to work i i 
the project and see just how many their groups covj. 
take care of. I 

The pastors have been contacted by letter about theV 
"days" and work is being done on the program here \ 
A. C. Keep that week-end open and plan to attend! ]| 
the way, LAYMEN, they may need some drivers. Coil 
and discover the educational and spiritual advantages 
attending Ashland College as a student. This is yoj 
school and I'd like to see you use it. More about resJ 
vations will be given later. All you have to do now , 
arrange your schedule to come here. 


January 27 Northeastern Ohio in Louisvi I 

Febi-uai-y 17 Northern Indiana in Milfcl 

February 18 Southern Indiana in Mar: « 


March 2 Pennsylvania in Ber ji 

Willis Sutton one time decided to read the first th s 
Gospels as if they were entirely new to him. When f 
had finished, his wife asked him what he found new ii 
them. He said that he was impressed with the fact tl; 
Jesus "never met an unimportant person." 

Jesus moved among many kinds of people. They w i 
children and thieves, rulers and women of the str(|) 
rich men and fishermen, taxgatherers and crazy peo]{) 
the scholarly and the ignorant. Yet among them all 1 
an unimportant person! 

Charles M. Crowe 
from "The Sanctuary. 



JANUARY 19, 1957 



omen s 





hy lielen Jordan- 

"For ye are bought with a price" 1 Cor. 6:20. 

THE WORD "STEWARDSHIP" originally meant "the 
keeper of the pigsty." We are keepers of whatever 
pigsty" God has entrusted to us. We must never for- 
get we are not owners, just caretakers. Our jobs, our 
business, our fanns are not our own but God's. "We are 
imly caretakers. In a few short years we will be taken 
)ut and another will take our place. We are only care- 

It seems theie was a man who set his son up in busi- 
ness. He provided everything the son needed to run the 
business successfully. The son, looking it over, said, "Dad, 
how will I ever repay you?" The father answered, "Each 
week as your business prospers you may give me a per- 
centage of the income." The first few weeks things went 
slow, the son says to himself, "I'll start paying dad after 
things get going." By and by, the business began pay- 
ing off and really prospered, but the son forgot and used 
the money on himself. You say, bow selfish! but stop 
and think — have you forgotten? 

We are bought with a price; look to Calvary, the very 
Son of God hanging on a cross, the huge nails tearing 
the tender flesh of His hands and feet. The judgment 
of God upon sin poured out on Him. That is our pur- 
chase price. 

We are our Lord's. Everything we have, our time, our 
talents, our possessions belong to Him. How dare we 
withhold from Him who has given so much? 

We often hear people say "tithing is not for us; it 
was given under the law." Abraham paid the tithe long 
before the law (about 400 years). Gen. 14:20. Tithing 
was carried through the law. Workers in foreign mis- 
sions tell us that even the heathen pay a tithe to their 
?ods of wood and stone. If lost and dying heathen pay 
tithes to gods that can neither feel nor help, how much 
more should we, who having a loving, providing Heaven- 
ly Father, pay our tithe to carry on His work. 

We make God a pauper in using charity as a means 
of supporting His work. He does not need our discarded 
clothing or our pumpkin pies. He says, "If I were hungry 
I would tell thee." Psalm 50:12, Again, "Every beast 
of the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand 
hills." Psalm 50:10. I say again, we pauperize God in 
using charity as a means to support His v/ork. God in- 
stigated the tithe for the purpose, and if God's people 
would use His method of tithing there would be no limit 
in what could be accomplished. 

The Southern Baptist Church in their little book 
"Bible Stewardship," says, "A few years ago, fifteen 
thousand of the finest Baptist young people in the world 
volunteered to go; they dedicated their lives to the mis- 
sion field, but they could not go. God's people failed, for who stayed at home did not give enough so that 

chose who would, could go. We are failing our youth, 
we are failing bur God, we are failing the lost." 

Our time is the Lord's. Are we ready and willing to 
teach a Sunday School class? Are we willing to study 
and pray ? When Zion ti'availed, she brought forth. We 
cannot expect to see souls bom into God's family unless 
we are willing to pray. "The effectual, fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16. We 
have sinned in failing to pray. A statesman said a few 
years ago "the business and economic world fears the 
time when the Church of God will pi*ay until they re- 
ceive the power God has for them." I think this is a 
challenge to the Church of today. Let us pray and pray 
like We have never prayed befox'e. 

We are also stewards of the Gospel. "Ye are entrusted 
with the Gospel." Someone is once supposed to have asked 
the Queen of England, "If you had an important mes- 
sage, how long would it take to get it to every nation, 
kindred and tongue in the world?" The Queen answered, 
"With my ready servants, I could get the message 
around the world in eighteen months." How long have 
we been? We have the most important message that has 
ever been heralded and we have been almost two thou- 
sand years and yet missionaries tell us, if all the peo- 
ple who have never heard the Gospel story, even once, 
were lined up, allowing eighteen inches standing room, 
the line of people would encircle 'the globe seven times. 

A returned missionary says, after telling the Gospel 
to a native in Africa, the native asked him how long he 
had known about Christ taking our place on Calvary. 
The missionai-y had to admit that he could not remem- 
ber, he had known about it all his life. Then the native 
asked if the missionary's father knew. The answer was 
yes and his father before him also. At this time the 
poor native cried out, "Oh! why didn't someone come 
sooner? My poor father died without hearing and is 
lost throughout eternity. Oh! why did you wait so long?" 

This story will express our position, "After Calvary, 
after our Lord had cried out 'My God, My God, why 
hast Thou forsaken me?'; after He had paid the price 
for our sins; after He had uttered His victorious 'It is 
finished,' after He had gone back to Heaven, the angels 
asked. Him, 'Lord, now that you have paid the price for 
man's sin, now that you have made it possible for all 
mankind to be saved, what provision have you made for 
all the human race to hear, that they may accept?' Jesus 
is supposed to have replied, 'I left eleven men and they 
are to tell the entire world.' 'But' said the angels, 'sup- 
posing the eleven men should fail?' At this Jesus is sup- 
posed to have shaken His head and said, 'T have no 
other plan.' " 

Even today God has no other plan. He has oi'dained 
that men should tell the blessed story. We must pray 
earnestly and feiwently. We have no other alternative, 
but to go. and if we cannot go in person, we must go by. 

•To.sus sjiid GO YE. He has no other plan. 

Mrs, Florence White, 
Cheyenne, Wyoming 

(Delivered at the 1956 Mid- West District Conference, 
by Mrs. Florence White, and sent to Mrs, Jordan, by 
Mrs. Lauren Lietsch, Carleton, Nebraska.) 

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WASHINGTON, D. C. A new Brethren Youth fellowship 
has been organized in the Washington church as of the 
first of the new year. They are meeting on Sunday eve- 
nings for "Chorus singing, Christian Life Discussions, 
Bible Study, Fellowship, etc., according to the Washing- 
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ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman Ankrum 
writes, "Our Bible study group started off last night 
(January 14th) with an attendance of 33 and a fine in- 

REN. Brother N. V. Leatherman conducted a "Scri] 
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group of scripture passages along side the names ( 
some of our more familiar gospel songs, the song fittin 
the particular passage listed with each one. 

Valley church was host to the Union Singspiration tl 
evening of January 13th. 

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Ashland College Chapel Choir to Make Tour 

January 24th through February 3rd 

The first big event of the New Year on the Hilltop will 
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rection of Calvin Y. Rogers, Head of the Music Dept., 
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will carry them into Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, 
Virginia, and the District of Columbia. They will return 
to the campus on Feb. 3. The schedule for the group is: 

Thursday, Jan. 24 — New 

Lebanon (Ohio) Brethren 

Friday, Jan. 25 — Dayton Brethren Church 

Saturday, Jan. 26— The Tokheim Corp., Ft. Wayne, In- 

Sunday, Jan. 27— Bryan (Ohio) Brethren Church A. M. 

— Nappanee (Ind.) Brethren Church, Late 


Monday, Jan. 28 — Elkhart Brethren Church 
Tuesday, Jan. 29 — Vinco (Pa.) Brethren Church 
Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Johnstown Third Brethren Church 
Thursday, Jan. 31 — Berlin (Pa.) Brethren Church 
Friday, Feb. 1 — Maurertown (Va.) Brethren Church 
Saturday, Feb. 2 — Washington D. C, Free Day 
Sunday, Feb. 3 — Hagerstown (Md.) Brethren Church, 

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David Hamilton, Bass — a senior from Ashland, Ohio 
Marlin McCann, Tenor — a senior from Waterloo, Iowa 
James Decker, Tenor — a sophomore from Mt. Gilead, Oh 
Esther Bauer, Organist — a senior from Willard, Ohio 
Susan Miller, Pianist — a freshman from Goshen, Indiai 
Patricia Polcha, Organist — a freshman from North Olr 

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The Martin Luther Film In Ghicago 

and concern for their Protestant heritage 
and freedom, can well take note of a certain 
Chicago incident which took place just prior to 

WGN-TV, Chicago television station, had an- 
Qounced the scheduled showing of the film, "Mar- 
tin Luther," for the evening of December 21st. 
The showing, which was properly sponsored, 
was looked forward to by Protestants. At the 
last minute, though, WGN-TV announced the can- 
cellation of the scheduled showing. 

A storm of protest was immediately raised by 
Protestants; a group of 30 Protestant church 
leaders met and named an "action committee" 
of eight members. The committee later charged 
^he station's action "an admission on the part of 
the television station that it is vulnerable to pres- 
sures which we are convinced on the basis of our 
discussion with WGN, have been mobilized by 
[the Roman Catholic Church to secure the ban- 
ning of this film." 

The Chicago showing was intended to serve as 
a test "to gather facts, such as the size of audi- 
ence reached and the nature of its response to 
'Martin Luther,' in order to help determine the 
best television release pattern for the film" by 
Lutheran Church Productions, its producer. 

The film, a full-length dramatic presentation of 
the life of Luther, was defended by the Protes- 
tant churchmen as historically authentic, not 
sectarian, and "far less controversial than many 
other television programs which have been tele- 
cast by WGN without protest from us, although 
their content and point of view was favorable to 
the Roman Catholic church," the committee re- 
port continued. 

jCERNED? There are several reasons and several 
{answers, varying in importance and interpreta- 
tion according as to how you have been brought 
up, and what your interpretation of religious 
freedom and tolerance happens to be. 

1. Guaranteed in the First Amendment to the 
Constitution of the United States are the prin- 
ciples of civil and religious liberty. Throughout 
the land, Protestants have been enjoying many 
liberties of expression on radio and television, 
divided only among themselves between "modern- 
ists" and "fundamentalists." Almost any Prot- 
estant group can effect a religious radio or TV 
program, given sufficient backing and acceptable 
talent. In Chicago, a city which we are told is 
largely controlled by the Roman Catholic church, 
we see where this privilege was denied in the 
particular instance of the showing of the Martin 
Luther film. 

2. It is Martin Luther's day all over again. The 
very principles which caused Martin Luther to 
revolt against the organized church of his day 
and begin the great Protestant movement are 
back of this effort to ban this film. For the film, 
portraying the basic motives which precipitated 
the Reformation, "contains theological and his- 
torical references and interpretations which are 
unacceptable to Catholics." The preceding quote 
from a statement released by the Legion of De- 
cency, Roman Catholic organization, that classi- 
fies films for Catholic viewers. 

We noted earlier that the Chicago showing was 
scheduled as a test to determine patterns for 
further plans for television showings of the film 
elsewhere. If Roman Catholic pressure was 
brought to bear in Chicago, is it not reasonable 
to presume that such pressure will follow any 
plans to show the film over any other TV sta- 
tions ? 

American Protestants who long have cher- 
ished their faith in Christ as their Lord and Sav- 
ior, salvation by grace with Christ as their only 
Mediator and High Priest, and who are concerned 
about continuing this religious liberty for their 
posterity, may well study the basic facts and im- 
plications of this Chicago incident. W. S. B. 

(Factual data for this Editorial from Evangelical 
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by Reo. J. D. Hamel 

Tlie fflinistnj of Evangelism 

THERE IS MUCH superficial thought abroad today 
concerning evangelists, and especially as to that 
which is evangelistic. Ministers have some how con- 
ceived the idea that evangelistic preaching is different 
from gospel preaching. The truth is that real gospel 
preaching is evangelistic preaching. Perhaps the best 
way to gain a correct view of evangelistic preaching is 
to study the ministry of Philip, the only one in the New 
Testament called "evangelist." There were doubtless 
many evangelists, but, so far as the New Testament rec- 
ord is concerned, Philip is the only one to bear that 

PHILIP was one of the seven chosen to distribute the 
alms of the church in its early history. The essential 
qualifications demanded by the apostles for men who 
were to serve in this capacity are set forth in Acts 6:3-5. 
They were instructed to look out for men who were, first, 
"of honest report." This means of reputable standing in 
the community, men known for integrity of life. Second, 
"full of the Holy Ghost." This means that they were 
regenerated men whose lives were under the sway and 
dominion of the Holy Spirit. Third, they were to be 
"full of . . . wisdom," which means that they were to 
be men of good sense, men of sound judgment. Prudence 
characterized their walk and conduct. This, then, is the 
picture of the only man in the New Testament who is 


called an "evangelist" (See Acts 21:8). It is true thai 
Philip was set apart for this ministry of service in thi! 
early church, but he was not one of the twelve apostles ^ 
Strictly speaking, he was what we would call a "layman.'! 
Some of the greatest evangelists in the history of thi; 
church have been laymen. The outstanding example iij 
the recent past is Dwight L. Moody. j 

Since, then, this first evangelist was a layman, it i| 
to be rightly inferred that it is the obligation of ai 
Christians to function as evangelists. The world wil' 
not be evangelized until the laymen of the churcll 
take this responsibility to heart and give i] 
their best thought and energy. The greatest challengj 
that can come to Christian men and women is the evan^ 
gelization of the world. When that task is really started; 
there will be evidenced the improvement of human society! 
not only pertaining to individuals, but to communitiei 
and nations. 


The office of pastor is of divine origin. The pastor' j 
responsibility is to take the place of leadership. He shoul(j 
see to it that the rank and file of his membership i, 
organized to carry on this work of evangelism. Thi! 
evangelistic ministry would free the hands of the paste : 
to do the special work which he has been called to del 
"They . . . went everywhere preaching the word" (Act! 
8:4). The persecution which was so savagely directe' 
against the early church scattered the members abroad, 
and wherever they went, they preached the Word. Th ' 
field of the evangelist, therefore, is every place in thj 
world where the gospel has not been preached. Thil 
makes clear, then, that the field of the evangelist is noj 
in the organized church alone, but also in the place \ 
where the gospel message is not heard. 


Wherever these evangelists went, they preached God'; 
Word and they preached Christ. It is quite clear tha 
the central Personality of the whole Bible is JESUl! 
CHRIST. The message of all true preachers centers iii 
Jesus Christ. This Christ-centered message shows Hir: 
as the Saviour from the g^uilt of sin. It means that th' 
shedding of His blood on the Cross of Calvary was .i 
vicarious act. The evangelist, then, will preach the vicai 
ious atonement of Jesus Christ. This is seen from Philip' 
ministry to the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:32, 35). Whe: 
the Spirit of God instructed Philip to go join himsel' 
to the eunuch's chariot, he found the Ethiopian readin;) 
from the prophecy of Isaiah. Quotations from the fiftj I 

JANUARY 26. 1957 


third chapter of Isaiah are found. The Ethiopian needed 
a saved man, the evangelist, to tell him the meaning 
of this prophecy. Here was a man of more than ordinary 
intelligence; he was a high official of Queen Candace, 
and he acknowledged that he had need of some man to 
teach him. This shows that the divine method of salvation 
is a saved man, preaching the truth concerning Christ's 
shed blood. As to whether God could have saved man 
by some other means, we are not informed, but it is 
quite clear that THAT IS THE METHOD which He has 


When Philip had preached Christ unto the eunuch, he 
demanded baptism. Baptism essentially signifies identi- 
fication with Christ in His death and in His resurrec- 
tion. It is not enough to preach to men Christ as the 
Saviour from the guilt of sin. He must be presented as 
the Saviour from the power of sin, making clear that 
it is possible for the saved man to live a life of vic- 
tory over sin through the power of the resurrection life. 
The truth is vitally symbolized in the ordinance of bap- 

He preached Christ as a King to rule in a coming 
kingdom (Acts 8:12). It is not enough to show the lord- 
ship of Christ, as His power is exercised over the life 
of the believer; He must also be shown as the coming 
King, who shall come in person and rule over the world 
in a real kingdom. This is a note that is frequently 
minimized in the evangelistic message, if not omitted 
altogether. What the world needs to know is that there 
is a glorious day ahead — the golden age of which the 
sages of all ages have dreamed — when the Lord from 
heaven shall establish His kingdom on the earth, and His 
righteous rule shall extend from sea to sea and from 
the river unto the ends of the earth. When this is a 
reality, wars will be no more. Wars can only end when 
.Jesus comes and universal righteousness prevails. 


The method employed by Philip is the method which 
must continue. The public preaching of the Word, is seen 
in the ministry of Philip in Samaria, as set forth in 
Acts 8:5-25. Preaching is peculiarly a function of Chris- 
tianity, and has been employed through the centuries 
of church history. The real spiritual condition of the 
church is revealed in the method employed in the church 
in the dissemination of the truth. When the church has 
been strong and efficient, there have been great preach- 
ers, and the program of the church has centered in the 
preaching of the Word. When the preaching of the Word 
has been crowded into a secondary place, it has been 
clearly evident that the church was no longer enjoying 
the power and the blessing of the Lord. There is noth- 
ing that will take the place of preaching. The eunuch 
had the written Word of God, but he needed a preacher. 
He said "How can I (understand) except some man 
should guide me?" It ought to be the supreme chal- 
lenge, then, to every minister to qualify himself to 
preach God's Word. 


Clearly set forth in Philip's ministry to the euimch in 
Acts 8:26-40 is personal soul-winning. Important as pub- 
lic preaching is, it is not sufficient in itself. The one, 
then, who would really be an evangelist, must be able 

to deal personally with souls. Hie successful evangelist 
will not depend upon the preaching of the Word to eve- 
ning audiences. He will in the meantime be engaged in 
this ministry of personal soul-winning. We are informed 
in Acts 21:8, 9 that Philip's four daughters had been 
brought up as evangelists. They had not only been taught 
how to be evangelists, but were doubtless strongly in- 
fluenced by the private life of their father. We see, 
therefore, that public preaching, personal soul-winning 
and right private life are essential to the ministry of 
the evangelist. We should see that the three together 
constitute the evangelist's normal equipment. 

The Power by Which the Evangelist Ministers, is set 
forth in Acts 8:29, 39 and in Acts 6:3, 5, The evange- 
list's ministry must be in the power of the Holy Spirit. 
We have seen that a factor in the choice of Philip to 
minister in the church was that he was filled with the 
Holy Spirit. We see likewise that Philip's Ministry in 
Samaria was in the power of the Holy Spirit. We also 
see that the Spirit directed Philip to join himself to the 
chariot (v. 29), and we see likewise, when Philip had 
completed his ministry to the eunuch, that the Spirit 
caught him away. Only the one thus filled with the Holy 
Spirit could do the work this evangelistic preacher ac- 

It is "not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, 
saith the Lord." God's method of saving souls is through 
the preaching of the Word, and that Word made living 
and active iiy the Spirit of Cod. 




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TT has been my privilege to hear, upon two different 
occasions within the last few years, the Reverend 
Ralph S. Cushman, retired bishop of the Methodist Church. 
Bishop Cushman has been an exponent of Christian stew- 
ardship since the early days of his ministry. 

The following paragraphs are taken from the Bishop's 
stewardship message given at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1952. 

"I remember the church in Fall River, Massachusetts, 
that I went to as a pastor. One Sunday morning at the 
close of the service a gentleman came up and said: 'I 
want you to promise me one thing — that you will not 
talk about money from your pulpit. There will be some 
people in your congregation that will think that all you 
want of them is their money.' 

"So I was silent about it. At the last business meet- 
ing of that year, this man, who was the church treasurer, 
read the annual report with the annual deficit. He sug- 
gested that we have our annual 'agony' Sunday two 
weeks from Sunday. They voted to do this, and that was 
all I could stand. I said, 'To think that we would ruin 
one of the 52 Sundays of the year.' The preacher was 
wise enough to sit down. 

"Then a great layman got up and said: 'I would like 
to say that I think our pastor is right. I think we ought 
to be ashamed of ourselves in this big church for the 
unbusinesslike way we conduct the Lord's business. I 
cannot help but say that I think it is the fault of the 
ministers we have had here. I have been a member of 
this church for thirty years and I have only heard two 
sermons that had any reference whatever to the vital 
relation between the paying of our money to God and 
the surrender of our lives to God.' He said further: 
'Neither of those sermons was preached by our present 

"I have seen pastor after pastor just surrender to that 
sort of thing: 'Don't talk money from the pulpit.' 

"God knows our people need to be educated on this 
business of stewardship of our possessions if they are 
going to be Christian . . . 

"... After I had been pastor for six years one of 
my dear friends, a layman I owe so much to Godly living 
as I look back over my life, came over and put his hand 
on my shoulder one Sunday morning and said there was 
a question he wanted to ask me. 

"I said to him to go on and ask. He said: 'Well, 1 
don't want to hurt your feelings.' 

"So I said: 'Why don't you try?' \ 

"So he tried: 'What I want to ask you is this. Youi 
have been here for six years as pastor. Do you feel that' 
you are spiritually and evangelistically at the place | 
where you were when you first came here?' | 

"He was trying to say to me that I wasn't. And ]| 
said, 'Of course I am.' And I knew as soon as I said it: 
that I was lying. I carried those words for weeks andj 
weeks and finally one morning in my house in Rochester! 
I got down on my knees and made confession. 'Dear Lord,! 
I know what is wrong with me. It is my prayer life.' 

"The great sin of all of us is lack of prayer and thatj 
is the thing we need most. That morning I got down on 
my knees and made a covenant with my Lord. I said: I 
"Lord, I want to promise you that never again as longi 
as I live will I go down to breakfast in the morning | 
and feed this body food until first I have fed my soulj 
on the bread of life.' , 

"That marked a new era in my spiritual experience,! 
and I kept my promise; I am going to keep on keeping! 
my promise. It is the thing of first importance in my! 
life ... I 

"I suppose there is not a bit of verse that I have writ-i 
ten that has been more used across the world and trans- 1 
lated than the 'Secret.' One morning with my Lord as] 
the sun came through my eastern window: I 

I met God in the morning when the day was at its best 
And His presence came like sunrise, like a glory in my| 

breast. | 

All day long the Presence lingered, all day long He stayed] 

with me, j 

And we sailed in perfect calmness on a very troubled, 

Other ships were blown and battered. Other ships were! 

sore distressed 
But the winds that seemed to drive them brought to us 

a peace and rest. 
Then I thought of other mornings with a keen remorse 

of mind 
When I, too, had loosed the moorings with the Presence^ 

left behind. 
So I think I know the secret learned from many a trou- 
bled sea; I 
You must seek Him in the morning if you want Him | 

through the day! 



MANY gratifying results should come out of these j 
study and discussion sessions. Church and Sunday j 
school officers should recognize to a greater extent their i 

JANUARY 26, 1957 

privileges as well as their responsibilities to Christ and 
His Church. Sunday school teachers and pastors doubt- 
less will realize more the importance of regular, con- 
sistent stewardship instruction. 

Churches may find a new sense of stewardship, and in 
so doing may find a new life which will manifest itself 
in loving concern for people at home and abroad. — 
W. C. B. 

Spiritual fIDeMtations 

Rev. DyoU Belote 


"What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" 

BEING SQUARE with your fellowmen and always do- 
ing the best you can, requires character. In an era 
of easy deviation from the principles of justice and fair 
treatment of one's fellows, it takes determination and 
watchfulness to keep one's attitudes and relationships 
with their fellows squared with the teachings of God's 
Word. But that is one of the things required by our text. 

One of the most difficult things in human experience 
is to meet defeat in the struggles of life, and take it 
cheerfully. To continue to strive to be a winner, while 
continuing to obey the rules of the struggle, and play 
fair in the game of life, takes courage. But the very 
knowledge of being in the right bestows courage and arms 
the determination to win. 

And in making money, to remember to retain one's 
friends by honest dealing and Scripture measure, while 
sticking to your aims and ends, requires an uncommon 
measure of common sense. And the exercise of common 
isense connotes a full measure of humility. The arrogant, 
over-bearing, know-it-all attitude toward others does not 
lexemplify the teachings of the Holy Word. And the hu- 
mility that is required by the text is that which has to 
do with our attitude toward our Heavenly Father. Pride 
and arrogance with and in the presence of the Divine 
will never merit favor with the Almighty. 
' Character, Courage and Common Sense — three degrees 
'in Success. 


The Home is in need of a married man and 
wife (middle aged) to work at the Home, 
starting February 15th. If interested, write 
immediately to: 

Mr. Russell Kuns, Superintendent, 

The Brethren's Home, 

Flora, Indiana. 



Oak Hill, West Virginia 


Ashland College Scholarship 

Southeastern District Laymen 

TSAAC B. LITTON, Southeastern District Laymen's 
President, is shown here as he presents to Miss Mary 
Pennock a Scholarship to Ashland College. 

The Scholarship is the lirst of its kind to be presented 
by the Southeastern District Laymen's Association. The 
project was started a year ago, and reached its culmina- 
tion at a District Rally held in the Hagerstown, Mary- 
land, Brethren Church on October 6th. 

Miss Pennock, who is a student in Ashland College this 
year, made the trip to Hagerstown so that she might be 
present when the award was given. 

The Scholarship project was started by the District 
Laymen in order to encourage worthy and capable young 
people of the Southeastern District in training for the 
ministry or mission field. It is planned to give the award 
annually, as qualified young people present themselves 
for Christian training at Ashland College, from the South- 
eastern District. 

Laymen were present at the Rally from eight differ- 
ent churches of the District: Bethlehem and Maurertovra, 
Virginia; Oak Hill, West Virginia; St. James, Linwood, 
Cumberland and Hagerstovim, Maryland; and Washing- 
ton, D. C. 




We, here in the Fremont church, are so filled with 
thanksgiving that we can't let another moment go by 
without opening up our hearts and revealing to all you 
Brethren the many rich blessings we have been experi- 
encing, especially during this past Thanksgiving season. 
What better way to share the news than through the ever 
welcome Evangelist. 

A most blessed day and a very memorable one, was 
Sunday, November 18th, when a special Thanksgiving 
service was held. Not only were we thankful for the 
goodly attendance at morning worship (not quite 80), but 
also for the fact that a number of those present had 
once again joined us after a long period of absence. So 
with continued prayer in their behalf we are anticipating 
their presence in our services more frequently. 

Prof. Ralph Verno of Ashland Seminary was guest 
speaker at the morning worship. In his inspiring message 
entitled "Thanking From the Heart," he brought out 
one fact, in particular, that many of us fail to keep in 
mind — we should be thankful not only at Thanksgiving, 
but all throughout the year. At noon, in keeping with 
the season, a bountiful turkey dinner (with all the trim- 
mings) was served in the church's dining room. There 
were 55 (plus babies) who remained to partake of the 
delicious meal and to fellowship around the beautifully 
decorated tables. 

Though we were dismissed for the remainder of the 
afternoon (after K. P., that is), this did not conclude 
the day's activities. For at 6:30 in the evening many 
gathered at the church once more, this time to view a 
nim "The One True Church." This is put out by 
CHRIST'S MISSION, which is composed of converted 
Catholic priests. In the film a panel of six, consisting of 
3 former Roman Catholic priests and 3 Protestant cler- 
gymen intelligently discuss the controversial points of 
the Roman Catholic church. The priests attempted to 
prove that the Roman Catholic is the one true church. 
At each point the protestant ministers disproved the same 
by quoting scripture. Following the film a discussion took 
place among the interested viewers. Many attending from 
other churches benefitted from this film, also. Highlight 
of the evening was a personal testimony by Noel Adarme, 
a converted Roman Catholic. Originally from Colombia, 
South America, he is now a student at Ashland College. 

Sunday evening, Nov. 25th, our church was meeting 
place once again for the monthly Singspiration that the 
various churches of this city and the surrounding terri- 
tory sponsor. Even with the first real snow of the season 
resulting in slippery roads that day, it did not hinder 


the many interested people from gathering together, as| 
planned, to praise God in song. It was such a thrill just ' 
listening to the fine enthusiastic singing. We sincerely i 
look forward to each singspiration. | 

We enjoyed Rev. "Chuck" Kraft as guest speakerf 
on Sunday Dec. 2nd. His message of the morning was { 
CHRISTIAN CHURCH." During the evening service he i 
led an informal discussion about the Mission field. i 

Sunday evening, Dec. 9th, a film "The Prior Claim" was j 
shown. ' 

We are happy to report that attendance at the Sunday' 
evening services has picked up quite a bit. We are con- 1 
tinuing with the informal type of service which includes; 
favorite hymn and chorus singing, a period of prayer, and; 
Bible study with the use of film strips. This helps to in-i 
still in our minds a deeper understanding of the Bible.! 
More young people have taken an interest and are at-| 
tending with us. We pray that they might definitely profit I 
from these sei-vices. Speaking of young people, there is! 
much to be said about our fine representation of youth I 
and the activity going on among both the junior and' 
senior groups. But since this report is lengthy enough,, 

we'll just have to save space for them at a later date, i 


We are ever grateful for your interest and prayers! 
in our behalf. 

Mrs. Russell Burkett, Church Corres. i 


It was my great privilege to preach in the New Paris,! 
Indiana, Brethren church from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.\ 
When the Pastor, E. M. Riddle, wrote and told me thatj 
they would "spare neither time, effort or expense" ini 
making my stay a pleasant one, 1 knew that that was 
not just careless use of language, for I had had thei 
pleasure of being with the Riddles in their Johnstown' 
III pastorate for a meeting. Everyone was as gracious.! 
The week flew by in a hurry. The congregation was I 
faithful in attendance and the Lord blessed mightily inj 
every way. We all rejoiced in the fact that souls were, 
added to the church. It was inspiring to see people tak-l 
ing their stand for Christ, and for this I was mostj 

thankful. i 


I was grateful, too, for the fellowship of the Breth-I 
ren. Some good friends came from surrounding churches 
Goshen, Loree, South Bend, Milford, Warsaw, and otheii 
places. The local E. U. B. pastor brought his people on! 
the closing Sunday night. It was especially fine to see{ 
good friends in the Ministrj' — Brother Immel and wife! 
came, and Dr. and Mrs. W. I. Duker, from Milford ; 
Brother C. C. Grisso and Mrs. Grisso, were in attendance j 
the closing night, from North Manchester. Rev. and Mrs] 
Holsinger, from Warsaw, and their children, came, ancil 
another evening we had Rev. .1. D. "Bud" Hamel anC i 
family. All of these visiting pastors helped by theii 
presence and prayers. It was greatly appreciated h} 
Brother Riddle and myself, and by the congregation oi 
New Paris. To me it was of course very comforting U 
see stalwart friends of many years, among them, the 
Kunkles and the Millers of Loree who have heard m< 

JANUARY 26, 1957 


^uite often, came, and the way was long for them to 
ieep up their wonderful record of attendance. 

It was a brand new expei'ience to see the operations 
9f the Smoker Lumber Company and watch the building 
of beautiful mobile homes, and to speak at the Plant 
Chapel on Wednesday after lunch. 

The sincerity, cordiality and hospitality of the New 
Paris Brethren will remain a delightsome memory. Their 
generosity to me was tops. I cannot thank them, or the 
Lord, enough, for letting me have this happy time. 
The journey to and from New Paris was perfect too. 
The return trip by the new turnpikes makes just a nice 
day's run. Thankful for these many blessings I say may 
the Lord bless all of you who read this in all ways, and 

Rev. Paul M. Naff cared for the appointments at 
Bethlehem and Mt. Olive in my absence. Brother Naff 
and Mrs. Naff now reside in the nearby town of Day- 
ton, Virginia. The help of these fine Brethren is duly 
appreciated. They have done fine work in former pas- 
torates in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as many of the 
Brethren can testify. 

This is being written near the year's end (Dec. 21st). 
During the month of December I have been preaching 
sermons designed to aid in the spiritual preparation for, 
and appreciation of, Christmas. The Mt. Olive church 
will have its Christmas program on Christmas eve. It 
is under the direction of Mrs. Jacob Arehart. At Beth- 
lehem on Sunday night before Christmas the Christmas 
program will be presented. Mrs. Mark A. Logan has been 
in charge. 


John F. Locke. 

from The Berlin Brethren church accompanied by Mrs. 
George Dively, the Fort Hill A cappella Choir and the 
Fort Hill Boys' Quartet accompanied and conducted by 
their Prof. Harold Hanson. 

The first messages were to the church members for 
a deeper spiritual experience and reconsecration of 
lives. Thirty-five responded to this call. 

Each night throughout the services special recogni- 
tion was given to various groups, and all were very 
faithful in attendance and in praying for the unsaved. 

The second Sunday was the annual Harvest Home 
Coming with a carry in dinner at noon. Brother Ralph 
Mills, pastor at Berlin, Penna., was the guest speaker 
for the aftexTioon service. 

On the afternoon of the closing day of the services, 
four were baptised and added to the church, and in the 
evening, the three fold Communion was observed. 

Our home was with the McCartneysmiths during our 
stay and a blessed fellowship was enjoyed with these 
two faithful servants of the Lord. This congregation 
has one of the finest Laymen groups we have found 
anywhere, and under the direction of Sister McCart- 
neysmith they sing beautifully, A Junior Choir has been 
organized and robed under Sister McCartneysmith's di- 
rection. A large number of children have been gathered 
in from the neighborhood and a Junior church organ- 

We were privileged to visit in many of the homes 
and enjoy a blessed fellowship around well spread ta- 
bles. A real love gift was presented us for which we are 
very grateful. May the Lord continue to use and bless 
Brother and Sister McCartneysmith and these loyal 
Brethren as they continue to serve Him is our prayer. 
In His Service, 

D. C, White. 


The following is a report of the Revival meeting which 
I held for the Cumberland, Maryland, Church. 

When the call came from the Brethren at Cmnberland 
to conduct an evangelistic Campaign for them, to begin 
Oct. 7th and continue through October 21st I was very 
'much pleased. This being the third Evangelistic meet- 
ing I have had with this group of consecrated people 
'who not only give of themselves but also of their tithe 
junto the Lord, 

i Much preparation was made by Brother L, O, Mc- 
'Cartneysmith and his people in the way of cottage 
prayer meetings and advertising. Special musical num- 
bers featured each service throughout the meetings with 
Brother Wm, Dively, Berlin, Penna., directing the con- 
gregational singing. Some of the special numbers were 



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ECKER-SIPES. The wedding of Miss E. LaRue Ecker 
to John A. Sipes both of near New Windsor, Md., took 
place at the Brethren Church, Linwood, Friday, Decem- 
ber 14, 1956 at 7:30 P. M. The groom is a member of the 
Linwood Church. The Ceremony was solemnized by the 
Pastor, the undersigned, using the double-ring ceremony. 
Following the ceremony a reception for the immediate 
families and relatives was held in the Church Social 
Room. The bride is a graduate of New Windsor High 
School, and the groom is a graduate of Elmer Wolfe Union 
Bridge. They are living in New Windsor, Md. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

Publication Day Offering 

GOAL — Not less than $5,000 

Serving you the whole year through 




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and Brethren's Home 

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 1:59; 
2:21-24) (Pastors: This Sunday (Feb. 3) would be 
an opportune time to speak on the general theme 

3 Boy Scout Sunday (The above theme would go nicely | 
with the observance of this special day) j 

17 Universal Day of Prayer for Students (While our de-j 
nomination has not emphasized this point, the stu-' 
dents in our grade schools, high schools, colleges ^ 
and seminaries may be recognized. A short period ini 
your worship service could be appropriately used.)! 


MORE EMPHASIS should be placed upon the practice 
of INFANT CONSECRATION. Very little empha- 
sis has been made or spoken upon this vital practice of 
the Brethren Church. This has not been the fault of the 
clergy only, but also the laity of the church. The pastors 
have failed to bring messages in sermon to the laity on 
this subject. The laity of the church have failed to re- 
member this practice w^hen their homes have been blessed 
with new-born children. Then too, pastors have waited 
until a good sized group were ready for consecration, 
when it would have been better to have had the dedica- 
tion service oftener. The more frequently this practice 
is perfoi-med, the more permanent the impression will be 
left upon the mind of the parent. 

The Consecration of Infants has triune value. First 
of all, it has value for the infant. But by no means is 
it here implied that a spiritual regeneration takes place. 
It is neither to be implied nor confused with Infant 
Baptism. Nou is it the intention of this article to accen- 
tuate that controversy. The differences of opinion over 
these matters have been long standing within the his- 
tory of the Protestant church. Let them be settled by the 
Word of God. 

The statement, "it has value for the infant," is really 
a misstatement and perhaps misleading by extending the 
point. Let me explain. As an infant I was dedicated to 
the Lord. My parents reverently entered into that highly 
symbolic service of Infant Consecration. As an adult, I 
look back upon that consecration service as an act of 
God in my life. In my human experience the impact of 
the Life of God has been placed upon my soul. That 
impact of God has left imprints upon my life. As an in- 
fant I could not comprehend the significance of the Ser- 
vice of Consecration. But as an infant, my parents ex- 
posed me more and more tx) the Spirit of the Living 
Christ for His grace and salvation. This was the "first 
look" at Jesus Christ! The foundation for a Christian 
personality was being laid in these primal years! 

While I did not realize it, God was carefully protect- j 
ing me and guiding me in my very early days of life.i 
These facts I can never disregard! ! 

Moreover, the Service of Infant Consecration has valuefj 
for the parents. They are taught by this practice that} 
children are God's best and holiest gift to them. Also.i 
that parenthood is a principal blessing of marriage. j 

Young parents particularly, need the influence and en-| 
couragement of the church. Through the medium of an; 
infant, friendly interest and counsel may be shown tci 
them. Their spiritual and intellectual needs may -be sat-! 
isfied. And there is much spiritual satisfaction by know-| 
ing that one has planted the feet of his child on the] 
road to the Saviour. Parents are also taught through j 
this practice that they have a very great opportunity i 
and obligation in the guidance of the child's spiritual 
life. Therefore, the values to the parents are in the 
training factors, enlisting factors, and awareness of arj 
obligation to "train up a child in the wav he should! 

The third value of the Service of Infant Consecratior,| 
is offered to the church. j 

At an early age the child is dedicated to the Loix! 
and enlisted in the Sunday School. His name is placed! 
on the Cradle Roll. Later he becomes a member of theii 
Nursery Department. While his parents attend the wor-j 
ship service he is cared for in the Nursery Department! 
After this period, he actively engages in classroom stud-j 
ies for several years. And he is exposed to the teach- j 
ings of Jesus. Suddenly, he realizes that he is a sinner;; 
he has arrived at the age where he must make a decisiorj 
in his moral and spiritual life. He accepts Christ as hif 
Personal Saviour; he is baptized. He now has become »• 
regenerated believer and also a member of Christ's earth 
ly church. 

Now, let us suppose two things. Suppose the child hacj 
not been dedicated to the Lord. And suppose that thd 
parents had not enlisted the child in the Sunday School j 

\.NUARY 26, 1957 


id furthermore, they had not attended Sunday School 
id the worship services. What would be his chances of 
lurch membership? What chances would the child have 
id in developing a normal, healthy spiritual life? 
hose who have followed this series of events have 
sually been blessed to a far greater degree. On the 
;her hand, there have been some who have not followed 
lis series and have also been blessed. But while this is 
hypothetical case, it does give one much food for 

The second value to the chui'ch is the enlisting and 
inning of parents into the church. It has been the ex- 
jrience of the writer that the greater part of those par- 
its who have dedicated their children are parents who 
institute the active membership or "stand-by's" of the 

While much more may be said in favor of Infant Con- 
scration, let us look into the mechanics of the service. 
fiese Rules of Thumb should be observed in the matter 
' Infant Conseci'ation. 

Observe the Service of Infant Consecration often. 

Do not wait until there are a dozen children to be 
dedicated. The more frequently it is practiced, the 
more likely it will leave a continuing and permanent 
impression. There is just as much favor for several 
such services during a year as there is for "one big 
service" on Easter or Christmas. 

2. The Sei-viee of Infant Consecration should be held 
during the early part of the worship service. This 
period finds the child less tired and restless. Nor 
should the service of dedication be too long. 

3. Parents who have never engaged in such a service 
should be instructed prior to the service. 

4. Variety and simplicity give added flavor to the ser- 

5. Always anticipate and never be sui'prised or shocked 
but, give sympathetic understanding to any irregu- 
larity from the lips and mind of the child. One need 
not add to the embarrassment of the parents. Not- 
does he need to apologize for the child. 






I President Eisenhower received a delegation of Presby- 
Irian preachers at the White House last January 4 and 
jcepted from them a green enameled lapel pin in the 
jrm of a fish. The pin is the symbol of a Presbyterian 
jen's organization, called "The Fishers of Men." The 

v. David W. Proffitt, Moderator of the Presbyterian 

lurch in the United States, gave the pin to the Presi- 

nt. during an hour-long visit. 

The President is a member of the lay group's chapter 
the National Presbyterian Church in Washington. Its 

stor, the Rev. Edward L. R. Elson, was a member 
the delegation. 


! Under a barrage of protests by the minority religious 
oups of his country. President Ramon Magsaysay ded- 
iited the Philippines to the "Sacred Heart of Jesus." 
rae. six million non-Catholic Filipinos consider this ac- 

tion a violation of constitutional guarantees of separa- 
ration of Church and State. 

Prior to the official dedication the press gave wide 
coverage to the objections of the non-Catholic groups. 
Typical of the numerous protests published in national 
dailies is a letter from Jose A. Yap, executive secre- 
tary of the Philippine Federation of Christian Churches, 
who wrote: 

"Mr. President, please be reminded that the task which 
you are about to do will greatly undermine the very 
foundations of democracy in our country and may cause 
the people of the world to revise their high esteem of 
you as the greatest champion of democracy in Asia. For 
unquestionably your public and official appearance in 
a Catholic religious ceremony is a violation of the prin- 
ciple of the separation of Church and State which is 
safeguarded by the statutes of our land . . . You are 
the symbol of our unity as a nation. Of what good will 
that symbol be, with a complete disregard of the feel- 
ings and constitutional rights of the minority?" 

Many saw the President's action an attempt to gain 
Catholic favor and support v/hen he comes up for re- 
election. (Only two other nations in the world have 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 11-14, 1956 

T3E MID- WE ST District Conference opened its an- 
nual session Thursday Evening, Oct. 11, 1956 at the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming. The 
meeting was called to order by the Vice Moderator — 
Rev. J. Milton Bowman, of Falls City, Nebraska in the 
absence of Rev. Claude Stogsdill, formerly of Carleton, 
Nebr. now of Mathias, W. Virginia. The song service was 
led by Mrs. Joan Curtright of the Cheyenne church, 
with Miss Madelyne Curtright of Cheyenne, at the piano. 

Rev. Bowman expressed his appreciation for the op- 
portunity of having the Mid-West Conference in the 
church at Cheyenne; also his admiration for the beautiful 
sunset God had prepared for our reception. Rev. Frank 
W. Garber, pastor of the host church gave the roll- 
call of the churches. Mrs. Miller from the Cheyenne 
Church, had charge of the devotions. Bro. D. G. Lemon 
of Portis, Kans. led us before the Throne of Grace. 

Rev. Frank Garber then extended a sincere welcome 
to the delegates and guests of the Conference. Greetings 
were extended from the following delegates: Mrs. Lauren 
Lietsch from the Carleton, Nebr. church; Mrs. H. W. 
Stump — Falls City, Nebr.; Mrs. Ernest McKim— Morrill, 
Kans.; Rev. Myron W. Dodds — Mulvane, Kans. and Mi% 
J. K. White — Cheyenne, Wyo. 

The Vice Moderator, Rev. J. Milton Bowman, gave the 
address of the evening. His topic was "Powerless Churches 
die Spiritually." 

Following his address Rev. Bowman appointed the 
following on the Credential Committee: Mrs. Ernest 
McKim, Mrs. Lauren Lietsch, and Rev. Frank W. Garber. 
Prayer by Rev. Myron W. Dodds closed the meeting. 
Friday Morning 

Rev. Bowman appointed the Nominating Committee 
as follows: Mrs. Mary Reiger, chairman; Rev. Myron 
W. Dodds; Rev. Frank W. Garber. 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsch brought the Devotions. The busi- 
ness session was then declared open by Vice Moderator 
Bowman. The Credential Committee reported 16 Lay, 
1 delegate-at-large, and 3 ministerial delegates. Rev. 
Frank W. Garber reported for the Ministerial Exam- 
ining Board. 

The election of officers followed with the following 
officers elected: 

Moderator.. ..Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Falls City, Nebr. 
Vice Moderator . .Rev. Myron W. Dodds, Mulvane, Kans. 

Secretary Mrs. Olen C. Davis, Mulvane, Kans. 

Ass't Secretary . . Mrs. Lauren Lietsch, Carleton, Nebr. 

Treasurer Mrs. Ernest McKim, Morrill, Kans. 

Statistician Mr. Dwight E. Bishard, Mulvane, Kans. 

Other Committees and Board Members were elected. 

The business session was closed for the Moderator's 
Address. (Will appear in the Evangelist). The Moder- 
ator's Address was prepared by Rev. Claude Stogsdill 
and read by the Vice Moderator due to Rev. Stogsdill's 
moving to another district. Rev. Bowman pronounced 
the Benediction. 

Friday Afternoon j 

Devotions were conducted by Rev. Bowman in the alj 

sence of the F\. Scott delegation who were schedule | 

for this period. He held a good old-fashioned testimorl 

meeting. j 

As there was no other representative from Ashlar] 
College here at this time Rev. Bowman asked Bro. J. 1| 
Stookey to give us a report of the work going on at o\\ 
college at Ashland. The sermon of the afternoon wr 
given by Rev. Frank Garber of Cheyenne, Wyo. His top! 
was "The Source of Power." I 

Rev. Clayton Berkshire, and Rev. Phil Lersch of As] 
land, Ohio were asked by the Vice Moderator to give i 
word of greeting. After which Rev. Berkshire gave tlj 
Benediction. | 

Friday Evening ,{ 

Bro. Bowman held another "audience-participation" di 
votional meeting. That of volunteer scripture verse) 
Mrs. J. Milton Bowman led us before the throne ' 
Grace. The message of the evening was given by Re' 
Myron W. Dodds, formerly of Gratis, Ohio, and now j 
Mulvane, Kans. His topic was "Uses of Power." j 

Saturday Morning ^ I 

Mrs. Mary Reiger of Falls City had the devotio'ir 
using Luke 12:13-20. She closed with prayer. 

The business meeting was called to order by the Vi'j 
Moderator. Reports were given by: Mrs. Lauren LietscI 
Pres. of the District Woman's Missionary Society; M)! 
J. Milton Bowman, the Camp Wyandotte lleport, pij 
pared by Mrs. Raymond Landes, Sec. of the Camp Boar| 
the Statistician's report read by Rev. Myron W. Dod<| 
prepared by Dwight E. Bishard, District Statisticiaj 
Rev. Frank W. Garber, District Evangelist; Rev. Claytj 
Berkshire, in the interest of the college in the absence j 
the College Trustees; Committee on Moderator's Addresj 
Place Committee; Rev. Berkshire then gave us a very ij 
teresting report of the work of the Central Planni { 
Committee of the General Conference; Rev. Phil Lersj 
gave us a report of the National Ministerial Associatij 
from Rev. Charles Munson, Pres. of the Association; M{ 
Ernest McKim read the report sent in from the Treasun 
of the District Mission Board. All these reports w*' 
duly accepted. The message of the morning was givl 
by Rev. Clayton Berkshire. His topic being "Power i\ 
Service in N. T. Saints." The meeting was dismissed ' 
Rev. Frank Garber. 

Saturday Afternoon 

Devotions were given by Mrs. Ernest McKim w 
prayer by Mrs. Belle Stoner, both of Morrill, Kans. 1 
business meeting was called to order. The Treasur,. 
Mrs. McKim, gave her report. J. E. Stookey gave a I 
port in the interest of the Publishing House. The folic! 
ing reports were called for by the Moderator: The ^ 
port of Brethren Youth by the National Youth Direcl' 
Phil Lersch; Report of the Resolutions Committee i' 

lNUARY 26, 1957 


rs. Lauren Lietsch; Report in the Interest of the Gen- 
al Missionary Board by Rev. Clayton Berkshire. The 
strict Secretary's report was read and accepted. This 
)sed the business sessions for the 1956 Mid-West Dis- 
ct Conference. 

Saturday Evening 

The devotions were in charge of Rev. Myron W. Dodds 
Mulvane. His scripture was Eph. 4:1-16, closing with 
ayer. Mrs. J. Milton Bowman gave ^s a message using 
r scene-o-felt pictures. Her topic "Power for Daily 

Sunday Morning 

Sunday School was under the leadership of the regular 
leyenne Sunday School Superintendent. There was a 
tal attendance of 66 present for Sunday School, with a 
ach larger attendance for the Morning Worship service. 

The Ordination service for Bro. Del G. Lemon of 
)rtis, Kans. who has placed his membership in the 
leyenne Brethren Church, was held. Rev. Frank Garber 
ad the formal call to the ministry as given to Bro. 
jmon from the Cheyenne church. Rev. J. Milton Bow- 
an then read Eph. 4:7-13. Bro. Garber, Chairman of 
e District Ministerial Examining Board had charge of 
e formal services with Rev. Myron W. Dodds, and Rev. 
Milton Bowman assisting. 

Rev. Bowman as Moderator had charge of the Mom- 
g Worship Service. 

Rev. Phil Lersch brought us the message of the mom- 
g. His topic was, "Investing Life." 

With the Installation of the officers for the 1956-57 
inference by Rev. Clayton Berkshire, the 1955-56 Con- 
jrence of the Mid-West District closed. 

iWe'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Chey- 
ne Church for the very fine hospitality that was shown 
ch of us. I'm sure I speak for all the delegates and 
liests present that the entertainment afforded us both 
jiritually and physically could not have been better. 
kny of the hosts' homes labored under the greatest 
difficulties due to the death angel's visit. But the 
od Lord gave them the strength to carry on even in 
ch a difficult situation. 

IaIso we'd like to thank our Ashland, Ohio visitors for 
ming, and especially the various Boards for sending 
em. Their messages were both Soul inspiring and 
lought provoking. Again thank you all and may God 
all His wisdom richly bless each and every one of you. 

Respectfully submitted : 

Mrs. Olen C. Davis, sec'y. 



I The incident is related of a j'-oung couple, when 
lidding farewell to their home country church 
if. they were about to leave for an African field, 

lown as "The White Man's Grave," the husband 
iid, "My wife and I have a strange dread in go- 
ig. We feel much as if we were going down into 

pit. We are willing to take the risk and go if 

you, our home' circle, will promise to hold the 
ropes." One and all promised. Less than two 
years passed when the wife and the little one 
God had given them succumbed to the dreaded 
fever. Soon the husband realized his days, too, 
were numbered. Not waiting to send word home 
of his coming, he started back at once and arrived 
at the hour of the Wednesday prayer meeting. 
He slipped in unnoticed, taking a back seat. At 
the close of the meeting he went forward. An awe 
came over the people for death was written on 
his face. He said, "I am your missionary. My 
wife and child are buried in Africa and I have 
come home to die. This evening I listened anx- 
iously as you prayed, for some mention of your 
missionary to see if you were keeping your prom- 
ise, but in vain! You prayed for everything con- 
nected with yourselves and your hom.e church, 
but forgot your missionary. I see now why I am 
a failure as a missionary. It is because you have 
failed to hold the ropes." — Missionary Tidings. 


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been officially dedicated to the "Sacred Heart of Jesus." 
In these, Spain and Ecuador, Protestants have been the 
target of much official oppression.) 


The London Times has surveyed the place of children 
in the church and concluded that the name "Sunday 
school" is no longer in favor. It has discovered some at- 
tempts to find such substitutes as "children's church," 
"junior church" and "family church." But no new desig- 
nation can hide the bare fact that attendance at British 
Sunday schools is steadily dropping. 

In 1900 there were 3,302,000 childen enrolled in the 
20,000 free church Sunday schools in England and Wales. 
By 1939 the number had dropped to 1,930,000; by 1948, 
to 1,519,000. In 1953 the total rose to 1,597,000— a figure 
still not high enough to keep pace with the increase in 
child population. Last year again saw a decrease to 
1,533,000, with 230,000 teachers. 

In the Church of England, the decrease in attendance 
at Sunday school has been accompanied by a decrease 
in the number of teachers. In 1929, Anglican Sunday 
schools reported 162,910 teachers and 1,788,468 pupils; in 
1939, 126,102 teachers and 1,420,106 pupils; in 1953. 
98,206 teachers and 1,317,596 pupils. The Times insists 
however, that the Sundaj^ school will always have a dis- 
tinctive value. "The best Sunday schools are not fail- 
ing," it declared. 



IPraijer ITleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmer 



AN HATES THE BIBLE because the Bible strikes 
at sin (Rom. 3:23). Dr. I. M. Haldeman once said, 
"The Bible is not such a book as man would write if 
he could nor could write if he would." (2 Peter 1:21). 

"The Bible is, we plainly see; 
Then it must have a pedigree. 
It either is a Book divine, 
Or men to make it did combine. 
Suppose the latter, then they must 
Either be wicked men or just; 
Take either case and you will see 
A proof of its divinity. 

"If wicked men composed this Book, 

Surely their senses they forsook; 

For they the righteous man defend, 

And curse the bad from end to end. 

If righteous, then they change their name 

For they the authorship disclaim. 

And often say, 'Thus saith the Lord'; 

And testify, 'It is His Word.' 

If it be not, they tell a lie 

And all their righteousness deny." 

Time and again man because of his iniquity has sought 
to destroy the Book (Jer. 36:23; 2 Chron. 34:19). With- 
out Divine protection God's Word would have been ut- 
terly eliminated long ago. (Matt. 24:35; Isaiah 55:11). 
Indifference has caused the Book to be forgotten and 
even lost (2 Chron. 34:14-16). J. Edgar Hoover, who has 
said that every child in the United States should be 
compelled to attend Sunday school, would agree with 
the prophet Isaiah in chapter 34, verse 16. Disobedience 
makes the Word of non effect (Luke 11:28; James 1:12). 
To disobey is sin (James 4:17). 

To know the Bible aright one has to have the right 
attitude toward God (John 7:17). One's will, which "is 
the eye of the soul," must be fully surrendered to God 
(Matt. 6:22, 23). A divided heart throws life into cross 
purposes (Matt. 6:24). We have to be in harmony with 
the Author of the Bible before we can properly under- 
stand God's Word (Psalm 25:14; John 15:15). 

The Bible will make the honest heart wise unto salva- 
tion (2 Tim. 3:13-15). This Book will acquaint one with 
God and with His Son, and give eternal life (John 17:3). 
There is saving power in the "implanted Word" (James 
1:21). The Bible will lead one to accept Christ for all 
He claims to be (John 20:31). The Bible will impart God's 
own nature to the honest student of the Scriptures (2 
Peter 1:4). The Bible will purify the heart and cleanse 
one's life (Psalm 119:9). It will keep one from sinning 
(Psalm 119:11). The Bible brings peace to the troubled 
soul (Psalm 85:8), even to one in the thickest conflicts 

of life (Psalm 27:1-3). Jesus on His last night on earti 
bequeathed His wonderful peace to the Bible lover (Joll 
14:26, 27). To devour God's Word brings great rejoicirl 
to the heart (Jer. 15:16). The devoted Bible student | 
the blessed man (Psalm 1:1-3). | 

"I have a companion that truly is mine. i 

You ask what it is? The Bible divine. j 

I never am lonesome with it by my side, } 

Its messages help me what's right to decide. 
I read from its pages the lessons so true; ! 

I cherish the message it gives me and you. 1 

It's my constant companion, it's with me each day, j 
And whatever it tells me I try to obey. i 

— Ada Scrogum. I 

Studying the MU Cesson I 

William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 3, 1957 
Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:8; 24-25 

A FARMER who was asked what time he went 
work in the morning replied, "Son, I don't go 
work. I'm surrounded with it all the time." 

Should not this be true of the Disciple of the Lore 
On every hand thei-e are those who need ministering i 
Who will minister to them? 

When our Lord was upon earth He was ever conscio 
of the needy. "When He saw the multitudes. He wj 
moved with compassion on them, because they faint(i 
and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no she 
herd" (Matt. 9:36). j 

Do we have eyes that see? Christ saw the needy. [ 
we want to, we too will be able to see those who need o 
ministry. Round about are the fainting and the dying. Jl 
we see them ? j 

It is not enough, however, to simply see a need. Chrj 
not only "saw," but seeing He "was moved with col 
passion on them." ! 

All too often we see but are not moved. Jesus vv 
stirred inwardly at the sight of the shephei'dless peopi 
He realized they needed help — spiritual help — and needj 
it desperately. They must have the message of life 

Jesus Christ is the answer for the fainting and dyii 

To the hungry He is BREAD (John 6:35). 

To the thirsty He is WATER (John 7:37). 

To the tired He is REST (Matt. 11:28). 

To the blind He is LIGHT (.John 8:12). 

To the dead He is LIFE (John 11:25). 

What is "Our Mission as Di.sciples?" 

1. Recognize there is a "harvest" to be reaped. ; 

2. Realize "labourers" are urgently needed. 

ANUARY 26, 1957 


Rejoice in the "Lord of the harvest" who will assist 

the labourers. 

A harvest of lost souls must be reaped! Jesus said to 
is disciples on another occasion: "Lift up your eyes, 
id look on the fields; for they are white already to 
irvest" (John 4:35). 

With so much to be done Jesus needed more workers 
. His service. "He called unto Him His twelve disciples 
. . These twelve Jesus sent forth ..." 

Whoever would be a Disciple of Jesus Christ must 
rst be called. That is, he must be drawn by God the 
ather unto a recognition and acceptance of Christ as 
iviour and Lord. "Jesus . . . said unto them, ... no 
an can come to Me except the Father which hath sent 
e draw him" (John 6:44). 

After a man is called by God he is then commissioned 
id sent into the field of Christian service. Not all ai'e 
nt into the pastorate or mission field. Some God would 
56 on the farm; others in the shop; and still others in 
le home. But every Christian has been called of God 
to some place of Christian service! 

Have you found that avenue of service in God's har- 
!st-field of the world? Have you been convinced that 
iristian men and women are SAVED in order to 

"He is counting on you" — 
He has need of your life 
In the thick of the strife; 
j For that weak one may fall 

If you fail at His call. 
He is counting on you. 
If you fail Him — what then ? 

"He is counting on you" — 
On a love that will share 
In His burden of prayer 
For the souls He has bought 
With His life-blood, and sought 
Through His sorrow and pain 
To win "Home" yet again. 
He is counting on you. 
If you fail Him — what then? 

Dtewardship Thought: 

by John T. Byler 


Matthew 6:22 

"I wish I had a million dollars!" 

IT AVE YOU EVER HEARD that expression? Of 
.11. course you have, and many times. And, if it were 
l|ssible to read the minds of the individuals who make 
lie statement from time to time, there might be some in- 
testing findings. 

jIn a conversation with two of my deacons a few days 
0, one of them made the statement again. Since it hap- 

pened that we were talking about our building program, 
I asked him what he would do with it. He very quickly 
responded that he would see that the job was speedily 
finished and paid for. 

The other deacon replied that he would have a lot of 
fun bringing Christmas to a lot of children in the com- 

Both of these ideas were good and unselfish. I hap- 
pen to know that these two men are tithers, and give 
generously to the work of the Kingdom and are blessed 
in so doing. But how sad it is that some who make 
such a wish can't see beyond their own selfish interests. 
And, I suspect if their wish for a million dollars were 
to be granted, the selfishness might be even more pro- 

The important thing is not what you would do with a 
million dollars, but rather, what are you doing now, with 
the five dollar bill you've got? From this question comes 
the answer to faithful stewardship. 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


3. What to Study 

TN PREPARING TO TEACH the Sunday school lesson 
you should concentrate in two main areas: (1) yourself 
and (2) the lesson plan. You cannot prepare the lesson 
until you have first prepared yourself. This must begin 
with px-ayer. Sounds common, doesn't it? But do you 
practice it? Every successful Sunday school teacher prays 
daily for himself, for every one of his pupils, and for the 
coming lesson. This cannot be overemphasized! 

After praying, read the Scripture passages for the 
lesson. Don't read just the portion printed in the quar- 
terly, but take your Bible and read the entire lesson. 
(For example, the lesson for January 20 was Matthew, 
chapters 5, 6, and 7; but the printed portion was only 
14 verses from chapter 5.) Leave quarterlies, commen- 
taries, and other helps alone; let the message of God's 
Word grip you. Get your own impressions, jotting down 
ideas as they come to you. Do this on Sunday afternoon. 

You now have the rest of the week in which to con- 
sult your teacher's helps. Study the quarterlies and les- 
son commentaries to clear up difficulties and point out 
emphases. Use all the material you can get your hands 
on to find out for yourself what the lesson says. 

Once you find out what the lesson says, you must pre- 
pare to transfer to your pupils what you have learned. 
Good teachers use a lesson plan, that is, an outline of 
how they will present the lesson and what they intend 
to accomplish by it. A good lesson plan answers four 

(A) What is my AIM? Every well-prepared lesson has 
a goal, a purpose, a destination. Decide what you want 



to accomplish in each lesson and your teaching will mean 
more to your pupils and to yourself. 

(B) What is my BAIT? How shall I begin the lesson? 

The purpose of the introduction is to make the pupils 
want to leam. The introduction is the door to the lesson; 
make it inviting. Vary your approach from week to week, 
using a question, a controversial statement, a story, a 
current event, an object lesson, or even a skit. Make the 
bait appetizing! 

(C) Is my lesson CLEAR? To make the lesson clear, 
formulate an outline of the steps you will follow in 
teaching it. A good lesson commentary will give much 
help at this point. Keep your outline logical, simple, and 
practical. You should be able to write the main points 
of the outline from memory. Use illustrations in the out- 
line to drive home important points and explain diffi- 
cult ones. Again, a good lesson commentary will be of 
great help. 

(D) What shall we DO? The lesson must be applied to 

the lives of the pupils or else it is wasted. This appli- 
cation will fulfill the lesson aim with which you started. 
(The lesson aim: What do I want to accomplish? The 
lesson application: How can we accomplish it?) Don't 
leave the lesson hanging in mid-air; put it to work in 
daily living. 

To sum it up, we might put it this way: "Think your- 
self empty, read yourself full, pray yourself hot, and 
let yourself go I" 



Mrs. George Drushal 

Oct. 30. Tues. Bro. Rambsel and wife had charge of 
chapel. Miss Hooks began her teaching. She took the 
math classes, General Business and Biology off of Adah's 
hands. Mrs. Teed is teaching World History, American 
History and Spanish, Miss Entz is Librarian and has 
the English classes. Adah took over the Home Ec, and 
teaches also Health, American Gov't., Public speaking and 
typing. Her class work would not be too heavy did she 
not have the care of the girls in the dormitory. While 
the rest of us can come home from school to our quiet 
rooms, she comes home to a house full of noisy girls who 
make constant demands upon her time and energy. We 
need one more teacher or another dormitory matron. 

Since the Lord sent Miss Hooks and our other helpe: 
we feel sure He will meet this need. 

Nov. 1. Thurs. Extra busy day like all Thursday 
Clothing sale in forenoon, community Bible class aft 
dinner. Rowdy at night. Home Ec. girls served brea 
fast to the Rambsels, Miss Hooks, Papa and I, here 
our kitchen. Rambsels left right after breakfast. Evei 
one enjoyed them. 

Nov. 2. Fri. Adah took senior class to Lexington i 
take part in a Mock United Nations Meeting. Report j 
an interesting and instructive procedure. With Adj 
gone. Miss Stoffer helped look after the girls. Mrs. Ri' 
ley went to spend the week end with Mrs. Kessinger i 
Haddix. Miss Hooks, Papa and I to a Fish Fry at Vi\ 
Landrums tonight. Got back in time for the Hallowe'' 
program. The Junior class had charge of the affair a] 
it was a nice program. Miss Entz helped the Junio| 
Quite a lot of the older folks of the community came { 
and were costumed which made it quite interesting, jj 
bert Bowling won first prize for costume. Mrs. Wil 
Sallee and Mrs. Flossie Strong got honorable menti( 
There was nothing on the program which was not I 
right for a Christian to participate in, as is often i\ 
case on Hallowe'en. 

Nov. 3. Sat. Day passed so quickly and about all I {{. 
done was clean up the house. Had a couple callers. Fbl 
up beds in the two extra bedrooms for unexpected gues', 
which we are happy to say, often arrive. To Haddix :!' 
services tonight, but only a few out as another Group ji 
having meetings now on Saturday nights a few nil 
down the street. Their shouting and hand clapping jjl 
rolling attract the crowd. I 

Nov. 4. Sun. Usual Sunday activities. Taught two Si[ 
day school classes, went to church three times, called ji 
Sunday school absentees. Papa preached twice as he i' 
ways does. Miss Hooks went to F^gate's Fork ^\li 
Adah. Miss Stoffer looked after the girl's dormito. 
Miss Entz took children on their Sunday afternoon wjj. 
Mrs. Ratley back from her visit with Mrs. Kessingeij 

Nov. 5. Mon. Nice to have Bessie Hooks back vdth '> 
in Faculty meeting as she used to be. Discussed what |J 
should do, if Gordon did not come back from Columl . 
Two things were suggested. Have one of the older h,! 
school girls take Mr. Hall's upper grade room for 9 
last half hour each day and let him be with the bcjii 
or ask Mr. Ronk if he would take them until we jt 
some one. Papa and his science class out studying st 
tonight. Decided to begin copying my Diary for 
Evangelist. Don't know where to begin, so it won't j^' 
too old. 

February 22-24, 1957 

•piimuuiimmiiniuiniiiliiiliim '^>^ !^ 

jy fciiuniMiiiiiiiniiiiinHniimiiiij\ 

This event on the ASHLAND COLLEGE CAMPUS is for ail Brethren h\\ 
school Juniors and Seniors fronn every state. Check with your pastor for detaij. 

Come and See Us on These Days 

\NUARY 26, 1957 


Young Men's and Boys' 
Brotherhood Program 

Percy C. Miller — Topic Editor 
Month of February 

Topic — The Warning and Invitation of Jesus 
LET THE RECORD SPEAK— Matt. 11:1-6. 

We are forced to feel sympathy for John in spite of 
!sus' rebuke. John had spent a long year in prison 
aiting for Jesus to declare himself and release him. 
aturally, John was becoming discouraged. But Jesus 
ive him the only answer He could give. It is the same 
iswer to those in doubt concerning the authority and 
)sition of Chx-ist today. A powerful sermon, regardless 
: how much influence it may have, can never be as 
)werful as a changed life. 

Perhaps when much persuading has failed to convince 
lost soul of what Christ can do it is best to point to 
I the person who was once a drunken blight upon so- 
ety but has become a useful and beloved citizen be- 
Luse he let Christ take over in his heart and life. 

THIS GENERATION— Matt. 11:11-19. 

This generation of Jews, those whom Jesus would 
ive embraced and blessed had they allowed Him, were 
)t satisfied with anything except their own bigoted 
eas and traditions. When John came they rejected him 
^cause he lived a very separated life; not indulging 
' a social life at all. John, they called a crank. When 
isus came He mixed with people and entered into their 
bcial activities. Jesus, they considered too common and 
iorldly. The Jews were like children who would not re- 
jond to an invitation to play the game suggested by 
hers. They refused to hear the prophets of God — the 
essage concerning the coming of Christ. 

j WHAT IS LAWFUL?— Matt. 12:1-8. 

We are in constant danger of falling into a rut just 
; the Jews had done. Sacrifice was the highest of all 
iwish ceremonies. And Jesus quoted what they, who 
'ofessed knowledge of the law, should have known. From 
osea 6:6 He reminded them, "For I desired mercy, and 
l)t sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt 

Mercy in feeding the hungry was moi-e acceptable to 
bd than observing the strict law of the Sabbath. God 
IS never changed. Our strict observance of certain 
•actices has no favor with God if we are not also found 
isy living for Him by doing for others who need our 
Ip. Our faithfulness to God's laws must be accompan- 
i by a kind and loving heart that prompts service. 


iJesus was the only one who ever claimed to be the 
)rd of the Sabbath. Even Moses never made such a 
lim. This was a definite declaration on Jesus' part that 
i was divine. And because He was the Son of God 
is great heart of love compelled Him to heal this poor 
"ippled man. How could such an act of kindness pos- 

sibly be considered sinful or unlawful? Had the Jews 
known love for their fellow men as well as they claimed 
to know the law, they would have rejoiced with the 
healed one. 

To show mercy to a beast was considered lawful. 
Jesus pointed out that since that could be done, was 
not a suffering human even more important? 

5. WHO CAN HE BE?— Matt. 12:22-32. 

Who can He be, this Jesus? 

By whom does He cast demons out ? 
Perhaps He's a demon Himself 

His authority we certainly doubt. 
Thus thought the Pharisees daily, 

Thus was their vicious campaign 
They delighted in plotting against Him 

On God's Son their hatred did rain. 
Jesus knew of their wicked planning, 

His answer was sensible and true, 
ff I be Satan then how could I ever 

Cast Satan from any of you ? 
Can Satan then be divided ? 

If so shall his kingdom, stand? 
But if I work by the Spirit of God 

His kingdom has come to your land. 
"He that is not with me is against m.e." 

Where does that place you and me? 

2Iat5 to SpHt 

BLACKSTEN. Mrs. Ella Missouri Blacksten, 67, widow 
of Ernest L. Blacksten, of near Linwood, died Tuesday, 
December 4, 1956 at University Hospital, Baltimore, Md., 
after an illness of about four weeks. Member of the Breth- 
ren Church of Linwood, for the past 35 years. Her hus- 
band predeceased her by 6 years. Surviving are the fol- 
lowing children: Charles E. (a Deacon), Westminster; R. 
Russell, Keymar; Roger L., Linwood; Mrs. Dorothy Myers, 
Uniontown; and Ralph L., Linwood; also 11 grandchildren 
and one great grandchild. All her children united with the 
Linwood Church. Funeral services were held, Friday, De- 
cember 7, by her Pastor, the undersigned, assisted by 
Rev. Freeman Ankrum. Interment in Pipe Creek C'^metery. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

DRUSHAL, Jacob Gordon Di-ushal, son of Rev. and 
Mrs. George E. Dinishal, was born January 20, 1914, in 
Lost Creek, Kentucky, and died in Columbus, Ohio, Jan- 
uary 2, 1957. He graduated from Riverside Christian 
Training School in 1931, and later attended Ashland Col- 
lege, and the University of Kentucky. He was preceded 
in death by a brother in 1917. He is sur\aved by his 
parents, and two sisters, Adah Irene of Lost Creek, and 
Grace (Mi-s. Amos Walters) of Ashland, Ohio, and one 
brother, J. Garber, of Wooster, Ohio. Services were con- 
ducted in the chapel at Riverside by the Rev. John Hey- 
coop, a member of the Riverside Board of Directors, as- 
sisted by Rev. William Jackson, of Lost Creek. Inter- 
ment was in Smith Cemetery. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 

T BET YOU FOLKS get tired of hearing about the same 
things every week or two in this column. It's just that 
all of our work seems so important that we can't keep 
from talking about it — all of it. It's high time you had 
a rest, so . . . 

realize that variety and change are two qualities that 
make things interesting and foinvard moving. SO today 
I'm NOT going to: 

—tell you about BILLY BOOTH and the several in- 
teresting letters that have come to the office commending 
him for his work. 

— post the notice that this week we mailed out a 
special bulletin to the members of the BRETHREN 
YOUTH BOOSTER CLUB telling of the Spring Program 
of Brethren Youth and asking you to join if you haven't 

—remind you that A SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE for 
the BRETHREN YOUTH MAGAZINE is now in swing 
and will continue through February. You should have it in 
your home, you know. 

—call to your attention the BRETHREN YOUTH 
RALLIES COMING UP: February 17 in Milford; Feb- 
ruary 18 in Marion, Indiana; March 2 in Berlin; March 
22-24, Spring Camp in Milledgeville; May 4, All-Indiana 
rally at Eskimo Inn. 

—and many other things like the NATIONAL PRO- 
JECT OF $6,666.66 for Ambassadors and Sarasota; need 
SUMMER, and working on the B. Y, Goals. 

NO SIR, NOT IN YOUR LIFE am I going to write 
about those things today. Rather, I've decided to entitle 
the remaining remarks "SOME RECENT EXPERT- 
is short? and snappy? and should arouse your undivided 
attention immediately. First of all, 

$64,000 CHALLENGE 

THESE CAMPUS CRUSADERS, composed of Ashland 
College students meeting on Sunday evening at the Park 
Street Brethren Church, had an interesting program on 
January 13. Everyone was assigned to be either a "cham- 
pion" or a "challenger" in one of three fields; steward- 
ship, love, or faith. Then, after the opening exercises, 
the challengers met and formed difficult questions on 
their particular STibjects. These questions from the Bible 
were handed to the committee of champions who were 
given five minutes to come up with the answers. Time 
was up and the Master of Ceremonies took the challen- 
ger's questions, read them aloud, and waited for the 

champions' answers. It was a lot of fun, but also goo 
for both the challengers and the champions to search ti 
Bible for questions and answers. Try this idea yoursel 
As I said, it was encouraging to see some originalit 
displayed in a youth meeting. 

Ashland College 
Feb. 22-24 
There is talk that NORTHERN INDIANA is goir 
to charter a bus for the bringing of their Bi-ethren hig], 
school juniors and seniors for BRETHREN COLLEG 
DAYS. This IS encouraging!! More and more publicii 
is going out every week to pastors and students. I 
you want to come, and no one has announced this evei 
in your church, just let me know. I'll try to give yt! 
the "lowdown" from "highup." Pennsylvania won't Ij 
Indiana outdo them, will they? Or don't you have aij 
buses that will climb over those mountains out therci! 
We'll come out and push you, if necessary. I 


During the week of January 7th two Ashland Collei| 
girls dropped into the Brethren Youth office to chat i 
bit about serving as SUMMER CRUSADERS in 19! 
and serve about two months of their vacation teachiii 
in Bible Schools. We talked about their preferred locatil 
of service and the time that they could be in the wor 
All of these factors are considered when assignments a 
made, but promises cannot be made yet this early. j 

If you would like to do as these girls have done a! 
dedicate a part of your summer to teaching youngstej 
about the Word of God, the returns and blessings fj 
out-value the time and effort used in the work. Perhaij 
God is definitely calling you to use the talents He h| 
given you — in Crusading work. Register your interd 
and preferences with Brethren Youth, Ashland Collejj 
Ashland, Ohio. ! 


The interest in the B. Y. Ambassador Quartet trip { 
Europe this summer continues to be most encouragiij 
After a morning sei-vice there on January 13, the Ps 
Street Brethren Congregation in Ashland gave us a lil 
both with gracious gifts and words of blessing. 1 


I guess you hear that enough on Television, but such i 
the case with Campus Christian Fellowships on the Ai ■ 
land College Campus. This new addition to the social p • 
gram is a joint effort of the Religious Interests Co- 
mittee and the Social Committee of Student Council. I 
planning committee is now being established to p '' 
these "Fellowships" periodically throughout the schll 
year. The evening will be used for games, comedy i 
refreshments, but will always close with a devotio 
period which is in keeping with the season of the ye 
As soon as we have a couple of them, I'll be sure 
give you a i-un-down on the program. 



Even though I didn't mention it, keep working on fc 
National Project of ^6,666.Q6 for the Ambassadors 1^ 
Sarasota . . . and while you're at it, SUBSCRIBED 
the B. Y. MAGAZINE. i 

rXNUARY 26, 1957 


Q^he Vi/ omens /Corner 

<>Q€J<» e'DG^ "'SS^ 

b}? Helen Jordan 

A MERICANS have so much for which they should be 
^~\ grateful but often our eyes behold scenes which 
aake them unforgettable. This was our experience this 
»ast summer when my husband, daughter and myself 
pent a few weeks in Europe. 

To me the sight of war's devastation experienced by 
lany innocent peoples made me utter a prayer of Thanks- 
fiving that such a calamity had not been the lot of our 
leople. Churches seemed to be a favorite target of the 
lombers, and in one large city of 24 churches only 

smaller ones escaped damage. We were told of one 
hurch where people had gone for safety — but 2,000 were 
tilled in one night. Now the shell remains as a monu- 
aent to the results of the war with only a small seg- 
ment having been restoi-ed for present worship. 
I The incendiary bombs were so intense that the fire 
iielted the glass windows and many valuable paintings 
fere lost. Many churches are beyond repair. 
I It is true the war cost us much in dollars, but we 
hould be so thankful the Good Lord did not permit 
uch desolation and ravages of war to enter our shores. 
Ve can well afford to pay when our homes and families 
!re not rent asunder and our cities ruined and demoi-al- 
ked. It's hard to realize the destruction that other 
jeoples suffered. 

The Lord gave us such divine protection that the 
ttle we can do for others cannot repay our debt. But 
lay our hearts be ever grateful and our lives devoted to 
[is service. 

Essie G. Carpenter, (Mrs. A. Glenn), 

Ashland, Ohio. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

In appeal for reconsecration was made, almost the en- 
lire congregation responded." 

itrother J. G. Dodds notes that the "Official Board Pub- 
ic Service" was held the evening of January 6th. Mem- 
:ers of the Board participated in the service, and short 

ialks were given by five members of the Board. 
CANTON, OHIO. One new member was baptized on 
>ecember 30th, and was received into the church on 
anuary 6th. 

Brother Robert Keplinger was the installing minister 
or the new officers of the Stark County Federation of 

Bible Classes, in. a sei-vice held in Trinity Brethren 
church on January 14th. 

mal services were held after the evening service on Jan- 
uary 13th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The South Bend church 
has secured Dr. Phillip B. Newell, Bible lecturer from 
Moody Bible Institute for a series of five Thursday 
evening messages on the book of Daniel. Scheduled dates 
are January 17 and 31; February 14; March 14 and 28. 

HUNTINGTON, INDIANA. Two were baptized on De- 
cember 30th and received into membership of the church 
on Januaiy 6th. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Brother R. K. Higgins was 
speaker at the Central Christian Youth Service, in Elk- 
hart, on December 30th. 

COUNTY LINE, INDIANA. Brother Herbert Gilmer 
reports the reception of six new members recently; 5 
by baptism and 1 by letter. 

Bates notes in his news letter to his congregation that 
the roof on their new Sunday school addition is about 
finished. Progress is also being made on the interior 

REN. The W. M. S. Book review was held at the par- 
sonage on January 9th. A service of prayer was con- 
ducted in the morning by the pastor, Brother G. B. 
Hanna; a favorite dish dinner was sei"ved at noon; and 
the book, "East from Burma," was reviewed by Mrs. 
Harry Knee, in the afternoon service. 

TIOSA, INDIANA. Mrs. Otto Kath, Church Correspon- 
dent, notes that the Tiosa pastor, Brother Wayne Swi^ 
hart has been named Acting Superintendent of the Calu- 
met Township Schools, which position he will assume fol- 
lowing the present school year. Brother Swihart is at 
present, principal of the Ross Elementary school. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Exchange of pulpits was held 
on January 6th between Brother H. Francis Berkshire 
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Vol. LXXIX February 2, 1957 



Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of §eneml Interesi 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Brother Freeman. Ankrum 
continues to make the headlines with his work on the 
church historical articles appearing monthly in the Evan- 
gelist. Most recently, "The Morning Herald," Hagers- 
town, Maryland, carried the picture of Brother Ankrum 
and the Longmeadow Bible, which appeared on the frontis 
of the January 9th Evangelist; plus a resume of the story 
of the Bible which had been used by General Lee during 
a portion of the Civil War days. 

MATHIAS, W. VA. A card from Brother Claude Stogs- 
dill reads ss follows: "Beginning with the first Sunday 
of the year the pastor's wife has been conducting a 
separate opening exercise for the children at the begin- 
ning of the Sunday school hour. A very good response 
has been shown. 

"The organizing of a Brethren Youth Crusaders group 
was scheduled for Sunday evening, January 27th." 

REN. Sunday evening, January 20th was observed as 
"Officers' Night" when the recently elected church offi- 
cers participated in the evening service. Respective du- 
ties of each officer were given, and the officers gave a 
response to their call. 

MASONTOWN, PENNA. The Masontown Brethren 
Sunday School Board has approved a plan of Instruc- 
tion on the Sunday School lesson for teachers and sub- 
stitute teachers. It is being held each Wednesday eve- 
ning at 7:00, preceding the regular Wednesday evening 
schedule of services. 

Brother William D. Keeling was guest speaker at the 
Fairview Brethren church the morning of January 13th. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Pleasant Hill was host to 
the Miami Valley District Laymen's Rally and Banquet 
on January 21st. Rev. Fred Hollingshead of Brookville, 
was the scheduled speaker. 

The Senior Sisterhood public program is scheduled for 
Sunday evening, February 10th. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler re- 
ports: "Thirty-nine enthusiastic young people met on 
Saturday morning for the first session of the Pastor's 
Instruction Class. Several more have enrolled since then, 
so that the attendance will likely pass the forty mark." 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brother L. V. King was gue' 
speaker at the Miller Rest Home the afternoon of Jan . 
ary 20th. ' 

LOREE, INDIANA. Loree Brethren are participathj 
in a Christian Training School, being held each Mond; 
evening in Peru. Brother Horace Huse reports that eig' 
Loree Brethren attended the first two hour session, he i 
on January 7th. , 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. The Mayor of Nappane! 
Mr. Maxwell Clouse, was the guest speaker at tji 
Brethren Youth service on January 20th. \ 

From the Nappanee bulletin we learn that the pl<j 
for the new parsonage was adopted by the church at I 
recent business meeting. i 

(Continued on Page 19) 


DAYTON, OHIO. Hillcrest Brethren. Revival Servicj 
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Evangelist; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. | 


The Southern Indiana District Laymen wi; 
hold their regular quarterly meeting at the Deij 
ver Brethren Church, Denver, Ind., Monday Evi! 
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meeting with the Denver Brethren in sever; 
years. All churches please make a special effoii 
to attend this service in goodly numbers. 

A g(»od program is being planned. Come ari 
enjoy Christian fellowship. j 

Supper will be served from 6:00 to 7:30 P. B; 
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The Benevolent 0[fenng 

of the Evangelist, a matter of grave and 
jjreat importance to the Brethren Church is pre- 
(>ented. In a very able way, men of the Breth- 
ren's Home and Benevolent Board have placed be- 
j'ore the Brethren the critical needs of that phase 
pf our Church life. 

I Unless we read, or unless we hear, we often do 
iiot know just what the real needs of our various 
[Boards really are. That is why we are urging each 
JBrethren to take the time to read the thought 
knd appeal of these men to whom we have en- 
trusted the care and welfare of our retired and 
A^orthy Brethren. 

If there were a needy, elderly lady, or an aging 
nan living down the street from us who did not 
lave enough food to eat or sufficient clothes to 
iivear, or a decent roof over their head, we would 
\ye the first to offer temporal and spiritual aid. 
We would see that something was done so that 
^hat person, who through no fault of their own, 
found themselves dependent on others, would be 

provided for. Well, Brethren, there are people 
living on our Church Street who have devoted 
their lives to service of our Church — Ministers 
and their wives (or widows). It would be useless 
to retell of their years of devotion to the church, 
at salaries which barely provided for daily sus- 
tenance, let alone provide a "nest egg" for "the 
days to come." 

There are others who live in our Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana. They are living in the 
place provided for them by themselves some 
years ago. They are looking to us to give them 
peace of body, mind and soul during their 
later years of life. All of these are living "down 
the street" from us. 

This is more than just an average year of need 
for The Brethren's Home and Superannuated 
Minister's Fund. One cannot read the reports 
presented by the Board members without being 
convinced that the situation needs the attention, 
prayer and liberal giving of each and every 
Brethren. So, we are urging you to read carefully 
the material presented herewith, and then give 
... to my Brethren, for in so doing, saith the 
Lord, "ye have done it unto Me." W. S. B. 

The Stewardship Gonference 

A S OF THIS WRITING, the Brethren Church 
^~^ has observed its week-end of "Cross Country 
Conference" on Stewardship. It is too eai'ly as yet 
to know just what results are being reported 
from the member churches which participated. 
We do know this, that if enthusiasm and prepa- 
ration which preceded the Conference mean any- 
thing, it was a huge success. 

The Ministerial Association planned well, ma- 
terials were well chosen, plans and programs were 
well organized, and delivered to local pastors and 
leaders. We are sure that it was a great Confer- 
ence in your church. We trust that you partici- 
pated, and that your heart and soul received 

needed strength and illumination in this matter 
of Stewardship of Life. 

Such a Conference was greatly needed. We feel 
certain that the fruits thereof will be seen in our 
local, district and national church life, as all of 
us, richly filled anew with the power of His 
Spirit, are now more devoted and dedicated to the 
work which He would have us do. 

When we realize that our bodies are the tem- 
ples of the Holy Spirit, and that we are not our 
own, but are bought with a price, and as such 
belong to Jesus Christ, then the matter of the 
dedication of our lives, talents and substance to 
Him becomes automatic; we ourselves, and our 
church, and the work of Gospel witnessing is many 
times blessed and enriched. We trust it was that 
way with you; it was with us. W. S. B. 



The Church FILLED 

with the HOLY SPIRIT 

Reu. Robert L Hoffman 

I Corinthians 12:1-13 

tions of the Holy Trinity, the personality, the work 
and office of the Holy Spirit is least understood by many 
Christians. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is of vital 
importance because He is the Divine Representative to us 
during this age. In order to look at our theme, let us 
consider; the coming of the Holy Spirit, the work of the 
Holy Spirit with the Church, and the practical meaning 
of the Spirit's indwelling. 


As we remember, the Holy Spirit came on the Day of 
Pentecost. In order to appreciate this fact, let us recall 
also, that prior to this the Spirit of God did not dwell 
permanently with God's people. His coming was occasional 
and temporary. He came for a specific work, guided the 
individual for a given task and then departed. He gave 
gifts for service without reference to character. 

Before Jesus returned to glory, He promised the Holy 
Spirit to His followers. It is stated in John 14:16, 17, as 
follows, "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give 
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for- 
ever: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot 
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: 
but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be 
in you." 

When the proper time arrived for His manifestation, 
according to the eternal counsel of the Almighty, He 
appeared. This occurred on the Day of Pentecost. "And 
when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were 
all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there 
came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, 
and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And 
there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, 
and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled 
with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other 
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." 

The account states that they were filled with the Holy 
Ghost. The same word for "Filled" occurs in Matt. 13:48, 
where Jesus in speaking of the parable of the drag-net, 
states that the net was filled with fishes. Another passage 
illustrates this filling; In John 12:3, you recall the story, 
Mary took a pound of costly ointment and anointed the 
feet of Jesus. Then it states that "the house was filled 

A message delivered at the 1956 Ohio District Con- 
ference, Vermillion, Ohio. 

with the odour of the ointment." What we want to em- 
phasize is this — the Holy Spirit completely filled the room I 
and He filled them. The room was filled full, or completely! 

The passage also states that "there appeared untct 
them cloven tongues like as of fire." Some wonder why! 
the fire. It is a direct manifestation of God. It is recalled | 
that God appeared unto Moses in the midst of a burning j 
bush. The Shekinak glory in the Old Testament symbol- 
ized the presence of God. The fire here illustrates the di- 
rect manifestation of God. He is actually present. 

The Holy Spirit came upon these believers. He com' 
pletely filled the room and He completely filled them. His: 
coming was permanent. He has ever remained with the, 
church. He will not leave until Christ returns in glory, j 

It is interesting to note the varied activity of the' 
Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. He inspired Peter to j 
preach that great sermon on the day of Pentecost, the | 
first deacons were full of the Holy Spirit, Simon the sor- ; 
cerer saw the power of the Holy Spirit demonstrated and I 
wanted to buy this power, the Spirit directed Philip in ' 
evangelistic work. He fell on the Gentiles, He called Paul j 
and Barnabas to missionary work. He directed them in j 
their missionary activity. j 


On the Day of Pentecost the coming of the Holy Spirit] 
upon a group of disciples changed them from individual i 
units into a corporate whole, the Church of the living i 
God. G. Campbell Morgan analyzes the Spirit's work with j 
the church as follows. I am following his analysis at this j 
point. I 

First, the Holy Spirit Is the Defender of the Faith. Paul I 
says in I Cor. 12:3, "No man can say, Jesus is Lord, but i 
in the Holy Spirit." Quoting Morgan now, "The old desire , 
for authority in matters of faith and of doctrine is still | 
felt, and is perfectly natural and right. It has ever been i 
realized in the history of the Church. It may safely be 
said that all the great crises in Church history have been 
the result of division of opinion as to where the seat of ' 
authority really lies in matters of discipline and of doc- 

Sometimes Protestants are told that they have .no 
center of authority. They forget that the only real center 
of authority, in matters of faith and doctrine, is the Holy 
Spirit. The fact that Jesus is Lord is the center of all 
Christian doctrine. 

I'EBRUARY 2, 1957 


It is known, to the thoughtful observer at least, that 
Ireeds do not guarantee orthodoxy, for no one creed or 
pe church contains all the truth. The great body of truth 
lelongs to the universal Church and not to one individual 
iiurch. The reason for misunderstanding and for division 
1 churches is usually due to the fact that one person or 
Iroup of persons sees one aspect of the truth while some 
ine else sees another aspect. We are gazing, as it were, 
n a large mountain. Some people see the trees, while 
|thers see only the hills and the valleys. The Holy Spirit 
jlone defends the faith because "no man can say, Jesus 
i; Lord, but in the Holy Spirit." 

Secondly, the Holy Spirit is the inspiration of the 
jihurch's service. Paul speaks at length concerning the use 
If spiritual gifts. Chapters 12 to 14 of I Corinthians deal 
idth the subject. He explains that there are diversities 
If gifts but the same Spirit. Spiritual gifts are given 
p each one; they differ, but they are for the common 
urpose of serving Christ. Some Corinthians held a few 
lifts in higher esteem than others. Paul discussed them 
'a relation to the human body. The body is one, yet it 
jas many members and functions. The arm is not more 
taportant than the eye, or the hand more important than 
he leg. It takes all of the members to make a complete 

: It will be a happy day when Christians learn that same 
jruth. That it takes many and varied individuals to com- 
>lete the Body of Christ. Each one has different gifts, 
bilities, talents, to perform his task. The Holy Spirit is 
he One who gives these gifts and inspires us for His 
ervice. And lest we forget, the greatest of these gifts 
s love. 

Thirdly, the Holy Spirit is the bond of the Church's 

inity. "For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one 
)ody." (1 Cor. 12:13). Jesus, Himself, said "I am the 
)oor." Morgan suggests that we may reverently take 
hat figure one step further and say that the Holy Spirit 
guards that Door. From the Day of Pentecost until now, 
he Holy Spirit has guarded the entrance to the Church 
)f Christ, and admitted all its members by His own bap- 
ism. Men and women enter the universal church through 
his one Door. Apart from the Holy Spirit, it is impos- 
lible to come into vital union with Christ who is the 
lead of the Church. Therefore, all those who are in the 
!:!hurch are energized by the same Spirit. The Holy Spirit 
s the life of the universal church, therein lies the bond 
)f its union. So the Church is one and undivided in the 
sense of the hymn writer — "We are not divided; All one 
)ody we. One in hope and doctrine, One in charity." One 
)ody in that all who belong have been admitted by the 
3oly Spirit. The Church is one in doctrine, i. e., its cen- 
tal doctrine — that Jesus is Lord. Naturally there is di- 
versity in minor points of doctrine. 

The Holy Spirit is the Defender of the Church's faith, 
nspiration of the church's service, the Bond of its unity. 


When the Holy Spirit comes into his life, man becomes 
I temple. Remember Paul's word, "Ye are the temple of 
3od." In the Old Testament era, God dwelt in the taber- 
lacle, then later in the temple. This symbolized God's 
iesire to live and dwell vdth man. The word that Paul 
ised when he said "Ye are the temple of God" suggests 

the iiunost part of the temple. You recall that the Old 
Testament tabernacle and the temple was divided into 
two parts, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Paul 
is saying' that the believer's body corresponds to the Holy 
of Holies, the inmost part of the temple. How does a 
Christian treat a church or chapel? Usually shows great 
respect for it. Some people do things to their bodies that 
they would not think of doing in a church. 

Man not only becomes a temple, but he also becomes a 
tool. A tool in the hands of God. In another Old Testa- 
ment story, Moses held a rod in his hand; at the word 
of God it became a serpent. Later it became a rod or 
staff again. To Moses it remained a symbol of power. 
Man can be an instrument of power in the hand of God. 
However, he only becomes so when he yields himself to 
the leading of the Holy Spirit. While it is true that the 
Holy Spirit dwells in us. He can only take as much con- 
trol as we yield to Him. He does not force Himself be- 
yond His winning and wooing ways. In other words. He 
does not clobber us with a club. We must yield to Him. 
We can be such a useful tool in the Lord's hand doing 
His work. 

It may be asked, "How do you know what the will of 
the Lord is, or how do you know the Holy Spirit is lead- 
ing?" To be practical, when you look around in your 
communities and see the population growing faster than 
the churches can serve them. That seems to be the lead- 
ing of the Holy Spirit to build churches or add facilities. 
When you see the shortage of Brethren ministers in our 
churches and the lack of qualified leadership, to lead in 
all areas of church life — it seems to me that we are 
begging the question. Get busy and build churches! 
Speak to some of the young people that you know, those 
in your churches! That is the way that the Holy Spirit 

Man also becomes a treasure. First of all, a treasure 
to God. A completely yielded life is a beautiful life. That 
is what made Christ's life so beautiful, He completely 
yielded His life to the Father's work and His will. Paul's 
life illustrates the same thing if you want an entirely 
human example. Secondly, he becomes a treasure to him- 
self. Jesus said that the only way to find life is to lose 
it. He knew what He was talking about. He also said, 
where your treasure is there your heart will be also. When 
man yields his life completely he is a treasure to God 
and to himself. 

There are those like Simon the sorcerer, who would like 
to buy this power, the power of the Holy Spirit. The 
truth is that it is not for sale! It means complete dedi- 
cation, complete consecration, and then the Holy Spirit 
can work through us. When we understand this we will 
not ask the question "How can I get hold of the power 
of the Holy Spirit?" rather we will say, "How can I yield 
my life more completely that the Holy Spirit can get 
hold of me?" 

Smithville, Ohio. 




530 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 59582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Scl 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Asiiil 


SHORTLY AFTER THE Missionary Board moved its 
offices to new quarters last fall (next door to the pre- 
vious location — 530 College Avenue), a picture appeared 
on our page showing where we are now conveniently 
and comfortably situated. Today we wish we might show 
you a picture of an interior change that has brightened 
up our offices and made them much more attractive. 

Mr. and Mrs. Everett (Board member) Miller of 
New Paris, Indiana, have provided for our windows lovely 
new draperies which not only give the rooms more eye 
appeal, but provide a morale booster to those working 
there. These delightful additions to our office decor were 
created at the Smoker Company in New Paris under the 
skilful supervision of Mrs. Miller, who knows just the 
right fabric, color, etc. to select. Mr. Miller even brought 
them to Ashland and hung them for us — bless his heart! 

Drop in some time and see the "new look." 

(Incidentally — if anyone else wants to improve the ap- 
pearance and oil the machinery of our headquarters, we 
could use some linoleum or rubber tile on the floor, bet- 
ter lights for the secretaries (general and office) and an 
electric hot plate for the kitchen — those Board members 
hint very broadly that coffee breaks during meetings 
would expedite the mental processes considerably. Well, 
I can dream, can't I?) 


A Revolving Fund 

A committee from the Board (HoUewell, Bowman and 
Studebaker) are working on plans for setting up a re- 
volving fund for home mission and church extension work. 
An announcement should be made regarding this under- 
taking before very long. Watch for further word. 
Meanwhile, if you are interested in the proposed en- 
deavor, get in touch with some member of the com- 

Meeting with Missionaries 

The Bischofs and Charles Kraft met briefly with the 
Board for a few final words before leaving. President 
Riddle expressed great appreciation, on behalf of the 
Board, for the commendable work the Bischofs have 
done, both on the foreign field and while at home on fur- 
lough; he mentioned particularly the gratitude of the 
board for the helpfulness to the work of their frequent 
letters. He expressed confidence and faith in the future 
service of the Krafts as they set out on their new work. 

Secretary Berkshire offered prayer, committing these 
young people to divine care and guidance. 

Sarasota Church 

Letters from the Sarasota Church, and even a tele- 
gram on the morning of Board meeting, indicate that 
they are very eager to begin their building soon. The 
Board very heartily concurs in the matter. Now, as soon 

as the church and the architect agree on plans — with t 
Board's approval — and after bids are received and t 
contract let, construction should begin and a new chuEJ 
at Sarasota should emerge. 

This will be a thrilling time for all of us, but partic( 
larly for the Sarasota brethren. Keep your Ten Doll 
Club contributions coming to make real -this hope, 
takes many, many times ten dollars to build a chur( 

The Board has asked Secretary Berkshire to go to Se 
asota in order that he may meet with the church a 
the architect and launch this program. It looks as thou) 
we are about ready for action! 

Lost Creek Classroom Building 

The Missionary Board has decided that work on tl 
classroom building must stop again (at least for a whilj 
for lack of funds. I 

Last spring, while Dorman Ronk was completing t]\ 
parsonage, it was felt that since he was on the field ]\ 
should be used in working on the classroom buildinj 
Although sufficient funds had not been given, mail 
urged that the building be put under roof — even if vi 
had to borrow money to do it. \ 

Accordingly, money was borrowed (approximate! 
$20,000) and the building was advanced to the plaij 
where the roof is on and the building will not deterioraij 
by standing unused for a while. However, we must repal 
this $20,000 before any more work can be done. ! 

A number of individuals or groups have indicated thet 
willingness to pay $50.00 or $100.00 to buy windows <| 
help with the flooring; but consider this: Building autho:' 
ities maintain — and you doubtless will agree — that it ] 
foolish to put windows in a building that will starj 
empty; too much breaking of windows will follow. TY\ 
building cannot be used without floors, electrical fixture 
plumbing, heating, etc. — all of which add up to about 2 
to 25 thousand dollars additional. Hence, if you send i 
these sums designated for one of these projects, we mus 
hold them until we have sufficient with which to coiTJ 
plete the entire building. (Also remember, when a thovj 
sand dollars is given for flooring, approximately an equ£ 
sum is required for labor in laying that flooring — ani| 
that money must come from somewhere.) | 

Please understand that when you give these amount j 
for special projects on the building, the Board does api 
predate your generosity and helpful spirit, but in al' 
fairness they must be practical and not spend it wher 
it will be lost immediately; furthermore, even the spendl 
ing of it requires additional financial outlay, as in th i 
case of material plus labor. { 

Our Brethren have always been very honorable amj 
conscientious about paying their debts, and we feel sur! 
they will continue to be so. Wouldn't it be much bette 
if we could liquidate this debt before incurring furthe>J 
ones ? 

We have borrowed $20,000.00 with which to proceei 
thus far. It must be repaid before undertaking anythinj, 

'EBRUARY 2, 1957 


The Superannuated Minister's Fund 

What Is It? 

Why Is It Needed? 

established to give financial assistance to retired 
inisters who are in need of assistance. 

This fund is needed to aid those ministers who auto- 
latically, and through no fault of their own found them- 
>lves in a categoi-y which would not benefit by the recently 
pproved retirement plan now in effect. The Superan- 
iiated Ministers' Fund is also needed to give assistance 
I those ministers, if need arise, who serve churches that 
nfortunately do not participate in the retirement pro- 
ram or social security. It must be remembered that 
lany of these faithful servants scarcely received a sal- 

ary large enough to live on; and therefore, were unable 
to lay up for the future. 

It is absolutely necessary to provide for these brethren 
during their old age if we are to accept their labor dur- 
ing the better years of their lives with so little re- 
muneration. Surely the Holy Spirit must be with these 
men to cause them to carry on while receiving the bare 
necessities of life. 

Let's not forget these brethren. Yes, $7500 is needed 
this year to care for those now receiving benefits and to 
allow for additional requests. Remember, $45 per month 
is the maximum now paid. Although small, it is appre- 




Vhy Was It 

Vho May Enter? 

rHE BRETHREN'S HOME was established by our 
forefathers who had a deep conviction that it was 
leir Christian duty and obligation to their Lord to pro- 
de for the aged brethren. 

The Brethren's Home was established to meet this 
Jed and provide a "Haven-of-rest" where a Christian 
itmosphere prevails and the aged are properly cared for. 

To enter the Home, an applicant is required to be a 
member in good standing of the Brethren Church and 
have no physical or mental illness which would require 
special care or hospitalization at time of entry. 

To cover the cost of operation and maintenance, 
$27,500 will be needed for the ensuing year. 

The combined funds needed for both the Brethren's 
Home and Superannuated Ministers fund is $35,000. 



An Open Letter to the Brethren 

Dear Brethren: 

Have you ever visited the Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana? A large percentage of our Brethren have never 
taken this opportunity. This is unfortunate, because to 
see for one's self IS TO BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND. 

Throughout the years, the Brethren's Home and Benev- 
olent Board has tried to convey to each of you by words 
and pictures just what the Brethren's Home is like, and 
the responsibilities attached to such an operation. There 
is no substitute for personal visits. Once at the Home 
for an inspection trip and a few minutes' fellowship with 
the residents gives one a better understanding of the 
iieeds than all the words and pictures that could be 

In our humble way, the members of the board have 
tried to present a pictuie of the present needs. Brethren, 
the needs are urgent. 

Somehow \ve trust that something in one of these Itj 
tides will touch your hearts so that the needs will I 

Each and every member of the board, the Superinte! 
dent and Matron, and the residents of the home, extej 
to each and every one of you good people a hearty wij 
come to visit and inspect the Brethren's Home so thi 
you might become better acquainted with this phase ! 
the ministry, the work being done, and the need for sui 
an undertaking. i 

May God bless each and every one of you througho 
the years to come for the suppoi-t you have given in tj 
past and for any support you may give in the future, i 

Yours in His service, 

The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board, i 


Did You Know? 

JOHN R. JOHNSTON, Presideri 
of the Home S Benevolent Boar. 

WHEN THE BRETHREN'S HOME became a reality, 
Annual Conference established a nine member 
board known as The Brethren's Home Board. This board 
was charged with the responsibility to operate the Home 
so as to provide a Christian "haven-of-rest" for aged 
members, yet keep operations on a sound business basis. 

The responsibility to keep the Home in operation h 
not always been pleasant. As Brother King points oi 
there was a time when sufficient funds were not ava 
able to pay bills. It was only by the grace of God a. 
a grim determination to go forward that prevented 

Funds were needed very badly at that time. Throuj 
continued efforts, and vdth the assistance of the W 
man's Missionary Society, sufficient finances were o 
tained to pay overdue bills and place the Home on 
sound financial basis. Too much praise can never be giv 
the good sisters of the W. M. S, who came to the rese 
of the Brethren's Home Board and worked so vigorous 
to meet the needs at that time. 

Although the number of residents increased very slow 
until the early 1950's, many bequests were made to t 
Home. These bequests along with the Brethren Hor 
Offering were sufficient to meet all demands and pern 
the Board to build up some reserve. It must be remei 
bered, however, that some of the bequests were made 
an endowment and the board can use only the earnin; 
from this money. This means that approximately $10,0i 
of the reserves can not be used except for investment. 

Not many years ago. Annual Conference saw fit to r 
duce the number of boards and moved to consolidate t 
Brethren's Home Board and the Benevolent Board into 
new board to be known as the Brethren's Home and Bene 
olent Board. Unfortunately, nothing was done to provi 

FEBRUARY 2, 1957 


additional funds to carry the extra load; therefore, all 
monies paid out for operation and maintenance of the 
Brethren's Home or to execute the Superannuated Min- 
isters' fund had to be taken out of existing funds on 
hand and yearly Home offering of the churches. 

With rapidly rising costs of operation and mainte- 
nance, and increasing obligations on the Superannuated 
Ministers' Fund, resources soon became depleted. This 
is especially true when income does not increase accord- 
ing to cost. 

Brethren, offerings over the past ten to fifteen years 
have not increased, but remains near $8,000. During this 
time the total expenditures of the Board has climbed 
to a high of $35,000 per year. This in itself explains why 
a shortage of funds now exists. 

Please bear in mind that even though the Home is 
almost full at this time and is partially self supporting, 
that additional labor is required, salaries are higher, cost 
of maintenance has increased, cost of living is rising, 
the number of recipients of the Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund has increased and will continue to increase for sev- 
eral years. 

In order for your Board to fulfill their obligations to 
you, the people of the Brethren Church, a minimum of 
$7,500 is needed for the Superannuated Ministers' fund 
and $27,500 for operation and maintenance of the Breth- 
ren's Home. This means that a total of $35,000 must be 
raised to meet the obligations of the ensuing year. This 
does not take into consideration that current year funds 
are almost exhausted and five months remain in the fiscal 
year. Shortage of funds causes endless headaches to the 
Treasurer of the Board, especially when he receives bills 
to pay and has no funds to do so. Yes, money has been 
borrowed. This is no answer as it must always be paid 
back with interest. No business can continue to operate 
on borrowed funds. Now is the time to correct the situa- 

If you as members of the Brethren Church wish to 
continue your obligations as Christians, to provide aid 
to our aged bi-ethren and ministers, then now is the time 
to give — then give some moi'e. Remember, God will bless 
you many fold. Yes, $35,000 is needed if the Brethren's 
Home and the Superannuated Ministers' Fund is to 
function another year. 


No ONE LIKES TO READ an article which appeals 
for money. No one likes to read a gloomy article. 
Since this topic deals with both, no one will read it. At 
least those who are brave enough to scan its lines will 
not enjoy it. But the Treasurers of the Boards of our 
Denomination have to write about finances. And no Board 
is flushed with money. This is especially true of the 
Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board. 

When I came on the Board, more than 20 years ago, 
the finances were in a deplorable condition. We were run- 
ning constantly in the red. Gradually through the years 
the finances began to improve until we had resources 
amounting to $39,299.38, but since then, they have been 
reduced each year until today we have only $13,060.00. This 
also represents our Endowment Fund which cannot be 

Rev. L. V. King 

of the 

This is due to the fact that cost of operation and 
maintenance has increased each year while the income 
has remained about the same. In some instances it has 
been reduced. We have increased the number of recip- 
ients on the Superannuated List, and increased the amount 
given each person over last year. We have also had some 
additional expense at the home such as funerals. Insur- 
ance Increase and a lien on a property. 

We had hoped it would not be necessary to draw from our 
resources to run the regular budget, as we planned to 
increase this year in order to have a sizeable amount 
on hand to add a unit to the main building. But with the 
dwindling of this fund it will now be impossible to do this 
in the immediate future. 

I pay most of the bills at the first of each month. There 
have been times when I did not know if I could meet 
these bills on time. Somehow so far we have not gone 
in the red. But we have several months yet to go before 
the offerings from the Churches will begin to come in. 

We are therefore appealing to the Churches, individ- 
uals and organizations to give this year in proportion to 
the increase of costs of operating the work of the Board. 

We certainly do not want to reduce the amount given 
to the needy Ministers and their widows. It is entirely 
too small now. Nor do we want to reduce the efficiency 
in which the Brethren's Home is now conducted. There 
is only one way we can retain the high standards of the 
past years and that is by an increase in offerings from 
the Churches. 

We believe Brethren will respond when they realize 
the need. So since you were brave enough to read this 
article, we know you will respond accordingly. 

Louisville, Ohio. 



As a New Board Member 

Sees The Brethren's Home 

Russell Wolfe 


ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1 was privileged to 
visit the Brethren's Home for my first time. Along 
with Brethren Eccard, Johnston, Eck, and Keplinger, we 
journeyed to Flora, Indiana. There we were met by 
Brethren Rodkey and Oakes, and Brother and Sister 
Kuns, Superintendent and Matron of our church home. 
We were also greeted by the residents of the home. 
Their cheerfulness and grateful attitude impressed one 
very much. Also when asked to make various changes, 
co-opei-ation and willingness are much in evidence. 

How good a feeling, we Brethren should have, that we 
have and operate this home. A "Haven of Rest" for 
these good people who are unable to maintain their own 
home. Here is a place of food and shelter, with Chris- 
tian companions, under kindly supervision. My desire is 
that everv Brethren church member could visit our home 

and see first hand its operation. I'm afraid this phase] 
of the ministry is being too much overlooked. 

There are so many definite needs and too little sup- 
port. Many improvements had to be made to make condi- i 
tions liveable and also to satisfy State regulations. We | 
all realize living costs are inci-easing, so by the same \ 
token, income must keep pace. Sadly, the scales are not 
balancing at the present time. Those who are familiar ■ 
with the finances of the Home, know this. The need is I 
presented to the Brethren with an earnest plea for help! ! 

We cannot fail our fellow brothers and sisters who 
have loved and served the Brethren Church. 

Not only they, but we, must surely believe that it is 
God's will that we share with others that which He first 
gave us. * 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 





from the 
new Secretary 
of the Board 

Dear Friends, 

Certain unfortunate and previously unknown facts have 
been revealed to me since serving as secretary of the 
Benevolent Board. These facts have caused much con- 

One of the functions of the Benevolent Board is to 
offer financial assistance to ministers and wives whose 

health does not permit them to carry on their duties | 
any longer. Our hearts are deeply touched when we re- ( 
ceive such requests from our ministers who have given I 
their entire lives in the ministry of the Brethren Church, ; 
or ministers' wives who come to us for aid. But because | 
of the inadequacy of the Superannuated Ministers' Fund j 
we are able to do so little for them. | 

Another function of the Benevolent Board is that of | 
providing a home for any of the Brethren over 65 years j 
of age. We have such an established Brethren's Home lo- i 
cated at Flora, Indiana. In order to continue to perform | 
this function, the home must meet the requirements I 
of the state of Indiana as far as fire, health, sanitation, | 
safety and other standards are concerned. This presents j 
an ever increasing obligation which must be met by 
your Benevolent Board. 

But, Brethren, unless we are able to substantially in- 
crease our offering to the Benevolent Board, we are not 
going to be able to offer the assistance that is needed 
by those who have served our church so faithfully, and to 
maintain the Brethi-en's Home. May we have faith in 
the Lord that He will place the burden of responsibility 
on each of our hearts that we may be able to continue 
to be of service to our Brethren. 



Secretary of the Brethren 
Benevolent Board, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

FEBRUARY 2, 1957 


The ^rethrens Home 

Rev. ^yoll Bdote 

As A RESIDENT of the Brethren's Home I have 
been asked to record some of my impressions con- 
serning the Home, as from one who has now spent two 
and a half years within its walls. I am of the opinion 
that such an estimate would better come from one who 
vvas not quite so closely associated with the project. And 
those of the "family" here at the Home who may read 
this article may not see conditions and situations which 
prevail at the Home as the writer may indicate in his 
iiscussion, and may "take issue" with him. Be that as 
it may one can only record his honest convictions and 
accept any difference of opinion as also coming from 
tionest hearts. 

Having never visited the Home but once prior to com- 
ing to take up residence here, I was not prepared to 
understand many of the problems incident to being a 
resident of the Home. I had read most of the reports 
from the Home published in the columns of the Evan- 
gelist from year to year and from time to time, but a 
true understanding of the problems and spirit of the 
place can only be gained through personal contact with 
those who constitute the "Home family." 

This is operated and proclaimed as being a Christian 
Home, and naturally people speak and think of it as be- 
ing an ideal spot. Many of the Brethren who come to 
visit their loved ones who domicile here grow quite effu- 
sive on occasions in trying to imagine a perfect social 
condition as existing here. It were better if such could 
just remember that we are a group of imperfect individ- 
uals, with the same weaknesses, temptations, sorrows, 
heart-aches and desires as those outside our circle, and 
pray that God would forgive us our failures and mis- 
takes, and strengthen us to live day by day more nearly 
as He would have us live. Becoming a resident of the 
Home does not automatically change us into perfection- 
ists. We bring our imperfect human natures with us, 
;and we have to do just as we did outside the Home in 
living with our neighbors — leam to adjust our habits 
and customs to theirs and exei'cise the Christian spirit 
in all our associations. I believe there is an honest de- 
sire in the hearts of all of us to do this according to our 
training and understanding. If we were perfect we should 
not need a Superintendent and Matron to supervise the 
Conducting of the institution. But there must be some 
one to make decisions and give the last word on the 
^conducting of the affairs and relations extant among us. 

There can be no question as to the care given us here 
at the Home. In every way our physical needs are cared 
for. Food (of the best kind and in ample amounts — and 
prepared by most excellent cooks) is served to us. Much 
of this provision is supplied from stocks brought or 

sent to the Home by the Brethren at various sections 
of the Brotherhood. Then much of the vegetables and 
potatoes and some fruit (strawberries especially) are 
grown on the property. (Picked 800 quarts of strawber- 
ries in 1955, and had quite a good yield in 1956.) Canned 
fruit and vegetables are sent from many churches, so we 
always have ample variety. Then pork and beef are 
raised on the farm, so our meat supply is always ample. 
Quite a number of the best magazines and papers are 
to be found on the literature table in the Assembly 
room, so there is food for the mind and soul as well 
as for the body. 

As I am writing this there is a large Christmas tree 
standing in the corner of the "Big" room, with a host 
of "presents" from "home folks" and from various 
churches which each year remember the residents with 
gifts of various sorts, piled under the tree. These will 
be distributed on Christmas Day when we all gather in 
the room and the gifts will be delivered to each one as 
their names appear on the packages. 

Each year, also, various church and fraternal organ- 
izations visit the Home at Christmas time and sing 
Christmas Carols for us. And once a year, the Woman's 
Missionary organizations from the various Brethren 
congregations in Indiana visit the Home and bring a 
Carry-in dinner which they share with us, and after- 
ward they conduct a sei-vice with us. Those of us who 
can do so are transported to and from the services at 
the local Bi-ethren church on Sunday by the superin- 
tendent. Here we hear the Gospel proclaimed by a "Breth- 
ren" preacher. But all have opportunity to hear the Gos- 
pel, as there are two services conducted at the Home 
each week, the first on Tuesday evening and the second 
on Thursday afternoon. So those who cannot attend Sun- 
day services still have opportunity to hear the "Old, Old 
Story" of Jesus and His love. 

I have refrained from any "glowing" report or descrip- 
tion of the Home and its surroundings and opportuni- 
ties and problems. I have purposely done so because I 
should be sorry if any should come here on my recom- 
mendation and then because they are of different tem- 
perament and have been reared under different condi- 
tions and circumstances, should not be satisfied, they 
might blame me for having given a wrong impression of 
the institution. There is room right now for a few more 
residents, and I am sure those of us who are already here 
— as well as the management — will try to make it as 
pleasant for new-comers as possible. This we will do 
because our happiness and contentment will hinge some- 
what upon that of the new-comers. 

Flora, Indiana. 



The Theme of Christianity — 


T3E MASTER WAS STANDING directly in front of 
him, across the small table. He spoke, "Follow me." 
"And he left all, rose up, and followed Him." A beauti- 
ful picture, and it is the theme of Christianity — follow- 
ing the Master. Following Him, doing as He does, speak- 
ing as He speaks, loving as He loves. The man, Levi, 
was changed from a publican into a Gospel writer — 
FOR OTHERS to read. 

But where did he go ? What did he do ? He went wher- 
ever the Master went, did little things, big things, not 
as he had done before, but now he did them FOR 
OTHERS. Among the first things he did was to make 
a home for the Master, for we read that he gave a feast 
and Jesus was there. Jesus, the One who makes homes 
for others. "In my Father's house are many mansions 
. . . there ye may be also." 

What He Did 

When we speak about the Biblical background of a 
certain work or organization within the Church I am 
assuming that we mean to call attention to the intended 
imitation of our Lord, and the fulfilling of His will by 
the existence of this organization and its work. If 
that be true, then we need have no doubts about the 
Biblical support of our Brethren's Home and Benevolent 
Board. I read in my Bible that "God anointed Jesus of 
Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went 
about doing good ..." (Acts 10:38a.) Enough said. 
To "go about" means to look about for something to do 
for someone, and then to do it. While others were sleep- 
ing early in the mornings Jesus was up and about look- 
ing for opportunities to do good things. He found many 

The Benevolent Board is continually working with its 
limited resources for ways of doing good. As was the 
work of Jesus, this work is positive. It is creative. It is 
a philosophy of helping others. One cannot follow Jesus 
without this sense of "otherness." The strength of the 
gospel lies in the fact that its power turns people "wrong- 
side-out." It turns them from self to others. It causes 
them to turn their eyes from within to without. There 
is nothing more healthful in the world. We should be 
glad for a Board within our Brotherhood that is elected 
to provide for our own when in need. We should remem- 
ber, too, that these for whom we are caring are unselfish 

Reu. Clarence A. Stogsdill 

f* -^-H 

individuals who have for many years given to others of 
their time and substance to cheer and comfort them, 
After they have these many years distributed unto othersj 
we are only helping them to gather up the small remain-; 
ing basketsful for themselves. It should be a real pleas- i 
ure! I 

What His Followers Did 

They did as He had done. They remembered His words j 
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that meii 
should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this h\ 
the law and the prophets (Mt. 7:12) !" ! 

NOT ONLY did they preach and teach, BUT ALSCj 
cared for their own. The early church was so stirred 1 
by love of the Master that they voluntarily gave every- 
thing to a common cause and called nothing their own, 
(It is interesting to note here that as a result thejj 
received each one more, for they shared in the greater 
distribution of things, as we do when we give today!) 
There were no needy, no neglected widows (Acts 6:1-3) 
because these practical Christians overlooked no facets j 
of their precious faith. In receiving they gave, and ir. i 
giving they received. It is the new law, the law of Chris- 

These disciples helped others, they sought others anc 
they sacrificed for others. They "appointed men of hon ! 
est report" to oversee this business. The teaching anc 
preaching went on, but this also became a part of thei;! 
faith. It is a privilege, therefore, to call upon you U\ 


i<^EBRUARY 2, 1957 


have a part in your own Church's benevolent work. Es- 
tablish your own program of C-A-R-E. 
What We Can Do 

"No man careth for my soul" ought never to be heard 
among Christians. For Jesus said, "By this shall all men 
know that ye are ray disciples, if you have love one to- 
ward another." We are our brother's keeper, and we 
fully understand that to be the Christian standard. 

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father 
is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflic- 
tion, and to keep himself unspotted from the world 
(James 1:27)." Christianity, then, goes farther than a 

statement of belief, or a set of ideas about God; it goes 
as far as caring for our own as we are able. 

We have mentioned only a few of the things in the 
Scripture that give us Scriptural support of benevolent 
work, but we believe it is sufficient to convince us and to 
remind us that benevolence is more than just being im- 
portant, more than a part of Christianity, it is THE 
THEME OF CHRISTIANITY— Benevolence, or as Web- 
ster says about the word, "the disposition to do good." 
If we are in the right position, spiritually, we will be in 
the right disposition. 

Johnstown, Penna. 

The Flora Minister Speaks 

FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS, I have been in very 
close touch with the Brethren's Home at Flora where 
I have served as pastor of the Flora church. I am in 
the Home at least once a week and sometimes more often, 
and can appreciate the great need of such a home for 
our aged people. Many of them would have no other 
means of support or could not care for themselves even 
if they had the means. Our church should feel a great 
sense of joy for assuming such a responsibility. 

The state fii"e marshal and the state health Board have 
assured us that the Brethren's Home ranks at the top 
of such institutions in our state. This should give us the 
feeling that we are rendering a Christian service our 
Lord would be pleased with. Our Board is doing every 
thing possible to protect the health and give comfort to 
the residents of the Home. The food is of the highest 
quality and well prepared. 

We are also very fortunate to have the Superintendent 
and Matron, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns, to supervise 
and care for the Home. Every thing possible is done for 
the comfort and well being of the residents. There are 
many details that no one but those in charge know any 
thing about, but regardless of how small they are, they 
are taken care of. There are bed patients which require a 
nurse and which the state demands. There are some who 
are both deaf and blind, which require a great deal of 
attention. There is the washing and ironing and the pre- 
paring of food which is not a small item; extra help must 
be kept all the time. It also takes a lot of cleaning to 

Rev. C. A. Stewart 

keep such an institution clean. We are very proud of the 
fact that it is very clean and comfortable. Yes it does 
cost money but every member of the church should 
feel that it is a privilege to make a contribution to such 
a worthy cause. 

Not only their physical welfare is cai'ed for but their 
spiritual as well. Very few of them can get to church 
but we have service every Thursday afternoon and Rev. 
Dyoll Belote has a service on Tuesday evening. And many 
times some of our W. M. S. groups come and have a 
service for them. The Board is doing a good work and 
we should stand back of them with our dollars and en- 
courage them. 

Flora, Indiana. 



Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 


(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 

Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and ad- 
dress Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 

ne faithful to those who have been faithful 
to you. §ive to your nenevolent offeriug now. 



Vrayer Tfleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmer 


When I was just a little girl 
Sometimes my mother said to me, 
"Come, take your medicine, my child, 
And it will make you well." And she 

Would bring the hated bottle out. 
And yet, I did not hate the hand 
Which measured out the bitter dose, 
Although I did not understand. 

And now a child of larger growth, 
My heavenly Father watches me. 
And notes my soul grow weak and ill. 
Who better knows the remedy 

Than He, our great Physician? Lord, 
I love and trust that tender hand 
Which measures out the bitter dose, 
And some day I shall understand. 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

GOD HAS TO PURGE His children from their sins 
with bitter medicine called "chastisement" to make 
them better spiritually (Heb. 12:4-8). Sin will certainly 
bring chastening from God (1 Cor. 5:4, 5). We are 
soundly warned against any failure to judge the sins in 
our lives (1 Cor. 11:28-32). Confession of faults will 
bring healing (James 5:16). For God to heal us spirit- 
ually He may bring sickness on our bodies as in the 
case of Miriam (Num. 12), King Uzziah (2 Chron. 26:16- 
21), Gehazi (2 Kings 5:25-27), the children of Israel 
(Deut. 28:18). Ananias and Sapphira died for their sins 
(Acts 5:1-11). For losing his temper and failure to give 
God His glory Moses died prematurely (Num. 20:12; 
Deut. 32:38-50), As a part of David's punishment for 
his horrible sins the chastening hand of God fell on his 
little baby (2 Sam. 12:14, 15). David acknowledged that 
before he was afflicted he had gone astray (Psalm 119: 
67). For failure to pay her tithes and to give her youth 
for Christian missionary service America is cursed with 
a great war in each generation (Mai. 3:11; Hag. 1:6). 
We cannot cheat God without cheating ourselves (Gal. 

Not all sickness is a punishment due to sin (Job 1:8, 
22). There is a sickness that is to the glory of God (John 
9:1-3). There is an illness that is corrective and to the 
glory of God (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Bitter reverses in life 
may be remedial to the souls of saints and thus redound 
to the glory of God (Rom. 8:28). Even Job was a better 
man in the end — cleansed of self-righteousness, given a 
closer intimacy with God, and twice as much of earthly 
advantage as before (Job 42:5, 6, 10). 

The dregs of sin are bitter to smite the consciences 
of those who have refused to judge, confess and repent 

of their sins (Psalm 51:3; Prov. 28:13). But a heart 
broken over sin in godly sorrow God will not despise 
(Psalm 34:18; 51:17; 2 Cor. 7:9, 10). Sin cannot bring 
true happiness, and especially to the children of God 
(Psalm 51:8-12). Disobedience destroys assurance of sal- 
vation (2 Peter 1:9). Those who leave their first love, 
must repent and do again the "first works" or they will 
be cut off (Rev. 2:5). The Galatians fell from grace and 
Christ became of no effect unto them (Gal. 5:4). It was 
necessary that Christ be foi-med again in the Galatians 
(Gal. 4:19). Let us remember that the Holy Spirit is 
rightly offended by our sins (1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 4:30). 
Sin breaks down the prayer line from earth to Heaven 
(Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:1-3). When we please God He 
answers prayer (1 John 3:21-22). Let parents tempted 
to sin know that their sin will bring a curse upon their 
offspring (Exod. 20:5, 6; Gen. 19:14), and reproach upon 
God and His Word (2 Sam. 12:14). 


fcaj^ William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 10, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 11:20-30 

THE GOSPEL is the Message of Life and the Message 
of Death! How can this be? Paradoxical as it may 
sound, this is true. The very message which brings 
Eternal Life to one, brings Eternal Damnation to an- 
other. In regards to the Gospel message he conveyed, 
Paul said: "Indeed, I am the fragrance of Christ to God, 
alike for those who are being saved and for those who 
are perishing; to the one a deadly perfume that leads 
to death, to the other a living perfume that leads to 
life" (Wms.— II Cor. 2:16). 

What makes the great difference? It depends upon 
the individual. He who hungerly hears, willingly accepts, 
and faithfully follows the Word of God, finds it a source 
of blessing. But to the rejecting one the same Word be- 
comes damnation! 

With this in mind, it should not be difficult to under- 
stand today's lesson. In these ten short verses we find 
Warning and Invitation. 

Some men would give a distorted picture of Jesus 
Christ. They portray Him as a weak, effeminate, charac- 
terless individual uttering flowering words of ease to 
all men. Not so! 

How true that Christ was loving, tender, and full of 
compassion! Seeing the hungry, the naked, the down- 
trodden, the sinful. His great heart of love was moved. 

But we see in the Scriptures another Christ also por- 
trayed. We see Him take a "scourge of small cords," 
and with blazing eyes and stern countenance, drive out 
of the Temple those who would defile His Father's 

FEBKUARY 2, 1957 


Again we see Him. This time He faces the hostile, 
pretentious religious leaders of the day, and He speaks: 
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites . . . 
ye blind guides ... ye fools and blind ... ye are like 
unto whited sepulchres which indeed appear beautiful 
outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and 
of all uncleanness" (Matt. 23). 

Thus, to those who would not hear, to those who re- 
fused to repent. He sent this warning: 

"Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Beth- 
saida! for if the mighty works, which were done in 
you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would 
have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 

"But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for 
Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for 

Was there none who would embrace Him? Was there 
none who was willing to believe? 

To the proud and earthly-wise the mysteries of the 
Kingdom are hidden, but God "hast revealed them unto 
babes." And the awaiting heart hears these blessed words 
of Invitation from the Master: 

"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy 

laden, and I will give you rest. 

"Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I 
am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest 
unto your souls. 

"For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." 

We hear the words echoing through the centuries: 
"COME . . . TAKE . . . LEARN." What a source of com- 
fort and blessing they are as we accept His invitation 
and humbly come to Him. 

"Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; 
Sight, riches, healing of the mind. 
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find, 
Oh Lamb of God, I come! I come!" 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 

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ONE OF THE GOALS in the "Standard of Excellence 
for Brethren Sunday Schools" says that workers' 
conferences should be held at least every two months. 
The workers' conference is one of the most important 
parts of Sunday school work, yet very few Sunday schools 
utilize it. 

What Is a Workers' Conference? 

It is a monthly staff meeting where Sunday school 
workers consider their past accomplishments, present 
needs, and future possibilities. 

Why Have Workers* Conferences? 

(1) To educate. The workers' conference gives teach- 

ers and officers an opportunity to learn how to plan and 
carry on a better all-round Sunday school program. 

(2) To maintain morale and unity. They unify the 
purposes, plans, and functions to the workers, helping 
them to feel that they are an essential part of a great 
Sunday school engaged in a great mission. 

(3) To inspire personal study and improvement. Group 
discussion of common problems will stimulate everyone 
and call forth the best from each individual. 

What's in a Workers' Conference? 

(1) Prayer. The importance of the Sunday school staff's 
praying together cannot be overemphasized. Pray for 
your church's soul-winning work, for the members and 
their spiritual growth, for the Sunday school workers 
and their growth, for the administration of the school, 
and for the homes represented in the Sunday school. 

(2) Promotion. Consider enlarging your organization 
to meet growing needs . . . Examine your visitation pro- 
gram . . . Space and equipment must be kept up to date 
... Do your Sunday school records give a true picture 
of your church? . . . Plan the opening service well in 
advance . . . Consider appi'oaching denominational ac- 
tivities: camps, conferences, special days . . . Plan for 
the yearly leadership training program . , . Examine the 
soul-winning activities of your Sunday school. Discuss 
one of these subjects each month, and then add some 
of your own. 

(3) Education. Every monthly conference should in- 
clude an educational feature dealing with some phase 
of Sunday school work. Vary the approach by using topic 
discussions, panel discussions, demonstrations, exhibits, 
audio-visual aids, and special speakers. 

(4) Fellowship. Be sure to provide time for refresh- 
ments, conversation, and sometimes playing together. 
Such experiences create a happier spirit and greater co- 

Will They Do Any Good? 

The fastest-growing denominations in our country 
make monthly (and often weekly) Vi^orkers' conferences 
a required part of their Sunday school program. They're 
working for other people, and they'll work for you too. 
Why not ti-y them in your church? 



The Home is in need of a married man and 
wife (middle aged) fo work at the Home, 
starting February 15th. if interested, write 
immediately to: 

Mr. Russell Kuns, Superintendent, 

The Brethren's Home, 

Flora, Indiana. 




A Word from the 

Superintendent and Matron 

of The Brethren's Home 
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns 

AT THE BEGINNING of this another New Year, in 
behalf of the Members of the Brethren's Home, we 
want to thank all our good people of the Brethren 
Churches for making Christmas possible here at the 
Home, with your gifts, cards, baskets of oranges, apples, 
grapefruit, money, etc. It is hard and sometimes im- 
possible for some of the folks here to answer and thank 
each one of you personally for their gifts. 

We also want to thank Brethren Youth for sponsoring 
"Food for the Faithful." We have received the nicest 
amount this year we ever have since we have been Su- 

perintendent and Matron of the Home. One lady at Mil- 
ledgeville canned 200 quarts of fruits and vegetables, 
with the help of her Sunday School class furnishing cans. 
Many, many thanks "Brethren Youth." 

At present, we have 20 members and 4 helpers. We 
will be needing on February 15th a man and wife, mid- 
dle aged folks to work here. If interested write imme- 

We hope many of you folks can visit the Home this 
coming year. 

May God Bless every one. 



Mrs. George Drushal 

Nov. 6. Tues. Speech Class had charge of chapel and 
gave explanation of how government officials are elected. 
Don read the Scriptures and led in prayer. Elvin led in 
Flag salute; Mary Lu and Evelyn gave the talks. We had 
school even though it was election day. Had a couple 
callers this afternoon and then made a call ourselves. 
Had intended doing more calling, but school bus would 
not run and Papa had to help haul children home. Have 
our faculty prayer meeting now every Tuesday night. 
After prayer meeting, teachers helped open boxes we got 
from Dayton and South Dakota. 

Nov. 8. Thurs. Very light snow flakes fell. First of the 
season. Big crowd out to Sale. Got in dressed chickens, 
raw peanuts, eggs, etc. Decided to finish book of Gen- 
esis at Thursday afternoon Bible class. Some had at first 
thought they would not enjoy it, but now do. We take time 
at class to pray for the sick and those in need of help. 
Lots of times we get off the subject and its some time 
before we get back to our chapter, but we all like it this 
way as it gives us a chance to discuss anything we want 
to. There is no reason why we should carry on the class 
a certain way every time. 

Nov. 9. Fri. Arpie Mullins baptized this afternoon after 
school. Had three calls this afternoon. We had a direct 
call from the Lord to go and pray with the mother in 
one home. As we were planning on making calls, we had 
never thought of her till the Lord spoke to us. Found she 

had problems no one could face without the help of the 

C. G. WOLFE, member, 
Brethren Publication Board, 
dies January 4, 1957 

CHRISTIAN G. WOLFE, North Liberty, Indiana, died.i 
Januaiy 4th in Goshen General Hospital, after an illness ii 
of four months. Brother Wolfe was bom in Germany andt 
came to North Liberty in 1917 from Howe, Indiana,! 
where he engaged in the grain business. Survived by his 
widow. Aura May (Swihart) to whom he was married' 
April 8, 1909. Also by three children, Mrs. Catherine 
Schnelker, of Salem, Oregon; Paul, of Shipshewana, In-i 
diana; and Mrs. Jeanette Locke of Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia; one sister, three brothers, and six grandchildren. 

Brother Wolfe was a member of the North Liberty;, 
Brethren Church, and, since 1942, has served as a mem- 
ber of the Publication Board of the Brethren Church. 

Funeral services were held on January 7th in the North 
Liberty Brethren Church, Rev. George Pontius and Rev.' 
William Thomas officiating. Burial in Brighton Chapelii 
cemetery, near Howe, Indiana. 






Memorial Chapel 

For High School JUNIORS and SENIORS 

rhe occasion is planned: 

( I ) +0 acquaint Brethren Youth with what our College has 
to offer, and 

(2) to bring our young people together for a denonnination- 
wide Brethren Youth Rally 


February 22-24 

See your Pastor for Details 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


Dear Reader, 

I think it's about time you and I have another heart 
to heart (or should I say "print to eye") talk about a 
very important matter. That's why I'm here on this page 
which is usually given entirely to Phil Lersch. He may 
think he knows some things about Brethren Youth, but 
when you want to get the story straight from the top 
boss, you just listen to me. I know things this guy 
"Philippo" hasn't even dreamed of yet. 

Now, getting back to the special topic for today. Feb- 
ruary is a special month for a SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE 
for the BRETHREN YOUTH MAGAZINE this year. You 
say you've heard that before ? Then why haven't you taken 
the time to order a year's copies? 

It only cost $1.00 for a whole year. This is less than 
you spend on a date, which only provides something to 
do for one evening. The B. Y. Magazine dollar lasts all 
year long. It's really a wise investment. For the price of 
10 ice cream cones you can have the "cream" of the pub- 
lishers' crop coming directly into your home. More than 
that, you need to have the information which the maga- 
zine contains. Keep up with B. Y. by sending your name, 
address and $1.00 to Brethren Youth, Ashland College, 
Ashland. Ohio. Thank You. 

Billy Booth 

P. S. Hey, here's one other thing I forgot to mention. 

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111 tell you all about it someday, if you can't figure it 
out before then. 


Did you read Rev. St. Clair Benshoff's editorial lasi 
week about the film "Martin Luther?" Chicago isn't th<l| 
only place this film has met opposition. As you recall, Jeai ' 
and I spent the summer of 1955 in an Austrian Refuge* | 
Camp helping on a work project. While we were there j 
one of the weekly films to be shown was "Martin Luther.' ' 

Having seen it in English, we decided to go and sed 
how much of the story we could recall even though it wai I 
given in German. We were told that the movie-house waij 
usually packed, so several of us went rather early. Bu } 
only a few people were there and not many more camij 
in during the showing. One of the German girls in oui 
group gave the explanation. She had attended the Refugeii 
Catholic services the Sunday before and the priest ha(| 
forbidden any of the Catholics to view the picture. Sino' 
over 90 per cent of Austria and the refugees are of thi| 
Catholic belief, we needed no further explanation abou ' 
the small crowd at this movie. 

To be sure, I think our first job is to present the trutlj 
of the Christian faith to those who do not know Jesu; j 
Christ as the Savior of the world. But I also believe thai 
Protestants have an obligation to stand for the truth oj 
our heritage and faith which has cost many of our fore! 
fathers heartache and bloodshed. "Martin Luther" pre! 
sents a portion of that heritage of which we can be proud j 


Northern Indiana in Milford February 1' i 

Southern Indiana in Marion Ferbuary t 

Pennsylvania in Berlin March ! 


Watch for something brand new in the next BRETHREIj 
YOUTH MAGAZINE!! It isn't often we can make an am 

nouncement like this, so you won't want to miss it I 
That's in the January- February issue of the Brethre 
Youth Magazine. j 


On January 22 Rev. Virgil Meyer and I mailed i 
letter of special invitation to the 330 high school junior] 
and seniors, whose names we have, to come to Brethre j 
College Days, February 22-24 here at Ashland Collegfj 
If for some reason your pastor hasn't mentioned thij 
event to you and you haven't received a special letteij 
just write to one of us and we'll mail you the "dope 
right away. Also check page 17, elsewhere in this issu 
for some details. , 


I just heard today that on Tuesday, January 29, a 
the professors and students in Ashland Theological Sen 
inary are going to spend the day attending the Ohi{ 
Pastors' Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Seminary acti^ 
ities funds are providing for this trip which will enabl 
the fellows to hear several outstanding messages. Dea 
Delbert Flora will probably give you a more detaile 
account of the activity, but I couldn't help hinting at 
here. I feel like uttering the age-old cry, "I wish they' 
have done something like that when I was in school 
I'll see you next week, won't I? 

i^EBRUAEY 2, 1957 



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b}^ Helen Jordan 

A S I WAS MEDITATING upon the word "life" the 
f~\ different scriptures ran through my mind, such as, 
'I am the bread of Life; I am the resurrection and the 
ife; Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a 
!rown of life; I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." 
rhere are many, many others. Then I also thought of 
;he saying, "Life is what you make it." There is within 
IS that desire and creativeness to make us what we 
vant to be. If we want to be good, we are good and if 
ve want to be bad, we let ourselves be bad. 

1 Then my thoughts drifted a little further on and I 
;hought of my friend who is in a wheel-chair. I asked 
nyself, did she make her life so she was placed in this 
vheel-chair? Probably not, but maybe God saw that 
she would live a better life for Him in that way. I 
;hing it was God's choice and plan and not her personal 

Can we choose our life? Yes, if we yield ourselves 
completely to Him and pray daily and meditate upon 
ais holy word. 

I think we should enjoy living to the fullest. Be help- 
ful, kind, loving and true to your fellow men. See good 
n everyone. "Cast thy bread upon the waters for thou 
shalt find it after many days." Ecc. 11:1. 

Let us realize that life is a delicate and passing thing 
sxcept for the power and grace of God. It is God's gift 
to us and should be used for His glory. 

Mrs. Ralph Allison, 

Milledgeville, Illinois. 


The Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, Pastor of the 
Washington Brethren church, was chosen Camp 
Director of the Southeastern District Conference 
Camp (Camp Pinnacles) by the District Board 
of Christian Education at its meeting held at St. 
James Brethren church, St. James, Maryland, 
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1957. 

Anyone desiring information concerning the 
Camp should address Camp Director Shultz at 
his home: 5102-37th Place, Fleischman Village, 
S. E., Washington, D. C. 

— Mrs. Virginia F. Locke, Secretary of the 
Board Of Christian Education of the 
Southeastern District Conference of Breth- 
ren Churches. 

vices were held the afternoon of January 20th. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. The Editor is in receipt of the 
Fifth Anniversary booklet prepared by the Tuscon church 
in honor of their Anniversary Daj', January 13, 1957. 

The Booklet contains the programs of the day; reports 
of Pastor, Moderator and Auxiliary leaders; Financial 
Reports, Church Constitution and Membership Roll. 

At the morning service, the Organ and pews were 
formally dedicated. The Annual Business meeting was 
held following the Noon hour Fellowship Dinner. 

Brother Vernon D. Grisso comments: "A beautiful day. 
Ate in Patio at noon in shirt sleeves. H. Francis Berk- 
shire's were with us also." The following were called as 
Deacons and Deaconesses at the business meeting: Mr. 
and Mrs. H. B. Puterbaugh, Mr. and Mrs. L. W, Parker, 
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shank, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Seller. 

Stewardship Thoughts 

by John T. Byler 


THERE ARE MANY individual Christians who have 
never found the full joy that might be theirs through 
the blessings of giving. Sharing in the work of the King- 
dom of Heaven is one of the highest privileges that we 
have for several reasons: 

(1) It helps us show our love for Christ through others. 

(2) It is a means of helping us to be enriched spiritually. 

(3) Every sincere act of giving helps us to become more 
like Christ. 

One of the leading laymen of a large denomination has 
had a large share in serving that denomination with his 
gifts. Serving in executive capacity, also, on a number of 
benevolent boards, he recently remarked that giving is 
important in the life of all Christians, whether rich or 
poor. Three thoughts, specifically, were expressed: 

(1) "One always receives more, the more he gives." 

(2) "If one does not give when he is poor, he won't grive 
when he is rich." 

(3) "The best time to learn to give is when you are 
young and then it will be so much easier to give when 
you are older." 

It was Jesus who said: "It is more blessed to give 
than to receive." Yet, it is sad to admit that there are 
many unhappy Christians who have never found real joy, 
simply because they have never really learned to give. 

Some poet has expressed the idea of sharing what you 
presently have in a rather sensible fashion: 

"It's not what you'd do with a million, 
If riches should e'er be your lot; 
But what are you doing at present, 
With the dollar and a quarter you've gotl" 

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of the people, 



by the people, for the people, 

shall not perish from the earth. 


February 9, 1957 

No. 6 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. A "wonderful day" is reported 
for January 13th. Attendance was 79 for Sunday School 
and 108 for church. A farewell supper for Chaplain E. J. 
Beekley and family was held by the church, with 77 in 
attendance. At the evening service, Chaplain Beekley 
showed his pictures of Korea taken during his recent as- 
signment there. Attendance was 128. There was one con- 
version at the service. 

WASHINGTON, D. C. The Washington bulletin reports 
a building fund offering of $3,670.67 on a recent Sun- 
day. The Washington Brethren are at work on their 
plans for the erection of the superstructure of their 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. The area Singspiration is 
scheduled to be held in the St. James church the evening 
of February 10th. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. The monthly Fellow- 
ship Dinner was held the evening of January 25th in the 

Brother Elmer M. Keck writes: "On Sunday evening, 
January 13, the Youth of the various churches of this 
valley came to the Valley Brethren Church for their 
monthly Youth Meeting. A snow had been falling all day. 
The service was held from 9:00 to 10:00 P. M. The snow 
was about eight inches deep but all interested in the 
Singspiration came. The choir pews were filled with a 
choir of Young People, and the church was almost full. 

A list of Brethren churches who are now on the 100 "^/f 
Brethren Evangelist list. We have received a nice group 
of new ones since the first of the year, and we know 
that more are on the way. 

Information on becoming a 100% church was sent to 
all pastors and church secretaries some time ago. Quite 
a few information cards are still outstanding, so, pastors 
and church secretaries, even if you are not a 100% 
church, please mail your card soon. 

It looked wonderful to see the church about full wii 
those who love their Lord and love to come to His house' 

BERLIN, PENNA. Brother Ralph E. Mills writes: "Tl 
Sunday school and church will support Regina Rowsey ; 
our Missionary. The Sunday school will pay $1,000; tl- 
church, $1,500. The S. S. offering for this project laj 
Sunday was $145.00. Attendance was 266." 

Brother Mills also notes that the men of the churd 
are renovating the Sunday school rooms. 

SMITH VILLE, OHIO. Brother Robert L. Hoffman notej 

"Our new Sunday school Library will be officially open«i 

and dedicated in a special service this Sunday eveniii 

(January 27th) during the worship service. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


CANTON, OHIO. Trinity Brethren. Revival MeetinjI 
March 3-10 — Rev. W. B. Brant, Evangelist; Rev. Robe | 
L. Keplinger, Pastor. i 

DAYTON, OHIO. Hillcrest Brethren. Revival Servic(| 
—February 25th through March 10th— Rev. J. D. Ham€| 
Evangelist; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. I 


The Southern Indiana District Laymen wi! 
hold their regular quarterly meeting at the Dei; 
ver Brethren Church, Denver, Ind., Monday Ev«{ 
ning, February 18, 1957. This will be the firs 
meeting with the Denver Brethren in seven i 
years. All churches please make a special effoi; 
to attend this service in goodly numbers. j 

A g©od program is being planned. Come ani 
enjoy Christian fellowship. , 

Supper will be served from 6:00 to 7:30 P. IV 
C. S. T. Send reservations to Brother Sam Cling£; 
man, R. R. I, Denver, Ind., on or before Febnj 
ary 12 th. This will save the ladies from preparinj 
food which would not be used. | 

C. E. Keplinger, Sec'y. i 




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EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS— Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 


Rev. William H. Anderson 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Rev. DyoU Belote 

Rev, John Byler 


Rev. L. O. McCartneysmith, Brethren Doctrinr 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, Church History 

Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, Church Methods 

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Shall Ylot Verish From The Carth 

warmed as they recall the work and words 
)f a great American statesman whose birthday 
)ccurs in February — Abraham Lincoln. 

This American democracy and the rights and 
Teedom of all men were uppermost in his 
;houghts and actions. The years of civil strife 
caused him to think seriously about this matter 
)f a free democracy. Perhaps no better expres- 
sion of his views exists than his very famous 
'Gettysburg Address." Just 267 words in ten 
sentences, yet they were chosen with great care, 
md express not alone his thoughts, but the 
:houghts of millions of Americans. 

Yes, true Americans have the deep seated de- 
sire for freedom and freedom for others. Our 
forefathers founded this nation, and were dedi- 
cated to the belief of freedom for all citizens. 

It would be well for us to give consideration 
ks to where this basic belief originated. Certainly 
riot among pagan tribes, where literally the "law 
■)f the jungle" operates. Certainly not among des- 
pots where one is king and all others are sub- 
iiects; certainly not among dictators where one 
irules and all others are slaves; certainly not in 
pne midst of socialistic states where the state is 
iiupreme and all subjects exist for the good of the 
State. No, out of these tyrannies came pioneers 
^nd trail blazers for the cause of freedom, but 
these systems did not foster a democracy such as 

It is said of Abraham Lincoln that he often 
read and studied late at night as a young man, 
reading the few books available by the light of 
;he great fireplace in the cabin. One of his most 
favored books was the Bible. As a child he read 
the Bible; as a young man, it became his help 
and strength; as a man he leaned on its teach- 
ings and practices. As such he became known as 
me who sought freedom for his fellowmen, and 
jie became a champion for the democratic way 
)f government. 

As we note the influence of the word of God 
on Lincoln's life we have then found the secret 

of a democracy such as America. Never forget 
this: basically the American democracy is Chris- 
tian virtue and ethics in practice! Take the Bible 
and its teachings out of American government 
and you will have left only a rotted framework 
of legal statutes. 

Perhaps the most memorable portion of Lin- 
coln's "Gettysburg Address" is the closing lines, 
"that this nation, under God, shall have a new 
birth of freedom — and that government of the 
people, by the people, for the people, shall not 
perish from the earth." Herein he shows democ- 
racy as being a government which exists for the 
people, ruled by the people for their own welfare 
and good. How could such exist except through 
the commandments — love God, and thy neighbor 
as thyself? 

These words definitely need reaffirmation to- 
day. Dangers lurk on every hand, and in far too 
many governmental areas, politics, greed and 
crookedness exist. Christians must today stand 
on their colors, insisting on statesmen instead of 
politicians, clean government instead of shady, 
under the counter pay-offs for political favors. 
The Word of the Lord must regain its rightful 
place, in the home, the church, the school, and in 
government — so that this nation shall continue 
to be "under God." There are many, many good 
men and women in the structure of our govern- 
ment. May their ranks increase as capable Chris- 
tians make themselves available for public office. 
Such men built America, and the nation calls for 
volunteers today. We have a great America 
"under God." Let us keep it that way by pray- 
ing for our leaders, keeping the Bible in the fore- 
ground in our own lives, and keeping a wide- 
awake interest in what is going on in our local, 
state and national government. W. S. B. 



rethren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

Maryland's Civil War Preacher 

Part One 

THE MONTH WAS SEPTEMBER, the day was Sun- 
day the fourteenth, and the year was 1862. There 
was a haze on the distant mountain to the east. The corn 
was ripening in the autumnal sun. The leaves of the 
oaks in the nearby grove and the maples indicated the 
change in the season. From over the dirt roads, flanked 
by the split rail fences, came people on horse back, on 
foot and by carriage. Along the sunken road, soon to be 
baptized with blood as "bloody lane," came the Mummas 
and others who lived to the east. Along the Hagerstown 
pike from the north, also from Sharpsburg on the south, 
came the worshippers. Sharpsburg, soon to be made his- 
torically famous was a straggling village strung along 
the highway leading to the Potomac river. It was a 
thoughtful gathering, for the terrible war was coming 
ever closer. On the ridges could be seen puffs of smoke 
and from time to time the boom of the cannon could 
be heard. No man knew or dreamed of what the morrow 
would bring forth. 

The church to which they came has been known as 
"The Mumma" church, "The Little White Brick Church," 
and the "Antietam Dunker Church." The elder slated to 
bring the message was in his prime and was just 42 
years of age. Already he had won the respect not only 
of his parishioners but people far beyond the borders of 
Washington County, Maryland, in which County was his 
home and in which County he had been born. David 
Long, was the preacher of the day. Cumberland Valley 
of Maryland of which Hagerstown is "The Hub," is never 
prettier than in the hazy, lazy days of September and 
the multicolored days of October. The Church, situated 
in an oak grove, was typical of the denomination. Hitch- 
ing posts were available to those who had need of them. 
The horses had stamped by the posts until they had 
thrown up ridges by their front feet. For the horses 
there were reunions as well as among their owners, as 
they neighed one to another when a familiar quadruped 
was brought by its owner to church. Over all that day 
must have been a sense of impending tragedy. Yet lit- 
tle did they realize that within a few hours this would 
be the focal point of a terrible battle and within the 
Confederate lines. 

The Church was located upon a hill overlooking Sharps- 
burg, as well as Antietam Creek. Hardy oaks surrounded 
it, and the main road from Hagerstown to Sharpsburg 

passed by on the east side of the structure. The Mano;| 
and Sharpsburg were important churches in the Tunke; 
denomination, and constituted one congregation. Eldei 
Long lived some little distance north west of the Sharps] 
burg church, and mainly west of the manor. His farn.; 
home was along Saint James run, approximately oni, 
mile as the crow would fly south of Saint James, or twd 
miles by the present road. He had some little distancii 
to drive that September morning, but as this was thi' 
customary way of travel, thought little of it. ; 

That memorable Sunday he took his place followinji 
the usual greetings and salutations of friends and fellov 
members, in the pulpit or rather behind the table. Thi 
older Tunkers did not believe in a raised pulpit plat 
form as they felt all should occupy the same level ii; 
the service. The hymn was announced and lined and th 
congregation spiritedly sang it. At the proper time, thj 
Elder opened the old historic Bible, which was to trave' 
far before it should be returned to the community, reai} 
a psalm; took his text and preached a fervent sermorj 

Following the lingering good byes, with expressed hope ' 
of meeting again, the membership wended their ways iij 
various directions to their respective homes. Samue 
Mumma, as was the custom among the Brethren of tha 
day, had friends for the noon day meal at his home : 
short distance eastward of the church. Across the field! 
the Mumma farm buildings and large home could bj 
easily seen. In the afternoon, some children playing out| 
side came running in and reported smoke and the roaj 
of guns on South Mountain not far to the east. Thi 
turned out to be the battle of South Mountain. 

It is unlikely that the full import was realized of whaj 
lay ahead. That afternoon, even as the Confederate line 
were forming north of the Potomac, over one hundre 
people made their way to the commodious home of Elde 
Long where they must have seriously contemplated th 
events of the day. The old home was like the averagi 
home of its day, built for family and guests. There wa' 
ample room for all. In fact when any one came to th 
community on church business, the first thing they aske 
was "Where does David Long live?" His home was 
place of entertainment for all who came. The Author sa; 
recently in the large dining-living room which went froi! 
one side of the house to the other. It would easily ac 
commodate a large number of guests. Mr. and Mr! 


FEBRUARY 9, 1957 



Charles Shaw, who have been the owners for thirteen 
years and who are the owners of the place at the pres- 
ent time, were gracious of the Author in his quest for 

David Long, the subject of this production was born 
an a farm in Washington County, Maryland, January 
29, 1820. His father and mother were Joseph and Nancy 
Rowland Long. Even though he was an eager student 
there were few opportunities for an education in those 
days. He was to a large extent self-taught. To insure a 
good vocabulary he secured a Dictionary and read it from 
cover to cover. By this means he learned to express his 
thoughts very clearly. 

David's father was a Dunker, and in the year 1826 
when the Annual Meeting, was held in Washington 
County, Maryland, he took his six year old son along. 
This was held on the Reichard farm. Being too young to 
be interested in the meetings, he availed himself of the 
opportunity of playing with Mary Reichard, the seven 
year old daughter of Daniel and Catherine Reichard. In 
years to come they were united in marriage, which took 
place in 1841. David was twenty-one years of age. To 
the union of David and Mary Long, were born twelve 
Children, eleven who grew to manhood and womanhood. 
bf the six daughters, three married Ministers and of the 
live sons, three were Ministers. 

David's grandfather, Isaac Long lived about the mid- 
jlle of the seventeenth century and adhered to the River 
(Brethren faith. Though he had not been ordained, he 
jloved to exhort. David's father Joseph, was a Deacon in 
[the Tunker church. As David grew to manhood the char- 
jicteristics which were to endear him to numerous indi- 
i^iduals became apparent. When he was just 23 he was 
l^lected to the office of Deacon. This meant for the 
Brethren in those days, a person of great promise for 
:hey were slow to lay hands on those young in years. 
He made good, for when he became thirty years old, he 
was elected to the ministry. At the very day of his elec- 
!;ion his wife at home was at the point of death. Much 
lympathy was expressed to the young man whom many 
relt would be left alone with his young family. She re- 
povered however and lived to sustain and strengthen him 
n his new duties. In the course of time he was made 
Bishop of what is now the Manor, Beaver Creek and 
IJagerstown district. His election took place in his home 
i'ihurch, the Manor. 

The Longs to'ok title to some 200 acres in 1831. It 
was a part of the Conococheague Manor, a tract owned 
by General Samuel Ringold. He had owned over a thou- 
sand acres and had built three large manor houses. One 
was built where the St. James School now stands. The 
original burned in 1926, leaving only the front entrance 
standing. One was built on the farm now known as the 
Beckley fai-m, on the Sharpsburg Pike, and one started 
upon the farm now owned by J. C. Corwell, just up on 
the hill from the old Long farm. This last house was 
started by Samuel Ringold for his daughter, but her un- 
timely death caused the abandonment of the project. It 
was completed by others. It was on this farm that John 
Reichard, a relative and close neighbor, lived while David 
Long was living on his adjoining farm. It may be stated 
in this connection that David Long, was a first cousin 
of Simon Long, the father of the late Joshua Long, who 
for twelve years was Pastor of the St. James Brethren 

David Long was a man of average size, and as was 
the custom of the day among the Brethren, shaved his 
upper lip, but wore a beard over the remaining part of 
his face. He was plain spoken, a great executive and 
was trusted by all. His word was his bond and many of 
the community trusted him with their investments with- 
out requiring any paper to show for it. He was a man 
of more than average intelligence, possessing a strong 
active mind and a character conspicuous for uprightness 
and integrity. In the church he was a hard worker and 
was called upon from many quarters for advice and help. 
In fact he gave of his time and means to such an extent 
that in the coui'se of events when his estate was settled, 
it just canceled out the obligations against it. His day 
was the day of the Free Ministry, when it seemed in the 
minds of some that the Minister must bear the major 
sacrifices. As one remarked to the writer, "the Ministers 
bai-ely eked out a living or an existence while the Dea- 
cons left farms to their children." 

During the Annual Meeting of the Dunker church 
which was held in Hagerstown, in 1890, Bishop Long had 
charge of the arrangements and he showed remarkable 
ability, and mastery of details which won for him the 
praise of many and contributed largely to the success 
of the meeting. 

One writing, following his passing, stated, "His life 
was intense, and he never failed to recognize nobler qual- 
ities of manhood in his friends and when discovered, 
his sympathetic nature formed firm attachments. At 
home he lived the life that he preached abroad and his 
example as a husband and father are his own precepts 
put into practice. Few men attain such a distinction in 
life. He performed no great deeds. He was not promi- 
nent in the sense of notoriety, but he lived an earnest, 
upright life, glorifying in the many small deeds that his 
hands found to do, the sum of which exceeds the taking 
of a city." 

Many of his investments failed, losing him friends 
and money. When he passed away he was poor in this 
world's goods. He traveled much over the East for funer- 
als and meetings at his own expense. His expense ac- 
counts for Conferences, and he did receive some travel 
expense to the Church Meetings, were always small. He 
never took a "sleeper" but relaxed in his seat, saving 
the expense of a berth. He preached many funerals, stop- 



ping his own work. He married perhaps more couples 
than any one of his day. There are those in the com- 
munity who remember that day when they took their 
vows before him. Mention may be made of two couples. 
One day his neighbor's son and nephew Howard came 
down from the Reichard house just up on the ridge. How- 
ard was 32 and had found a girl to his liking who lived 
on the Downsville Pike. She was twenty year old Otelia 
Rowland. "It is time you were asking some one to marry 
you," were the words of Elder David Long when Howard 
made arrangements for the wedding at his place. The 
year was 1891, and they went to housekeeping on the 
Reichard farm. 

One evening on the 19th of October 1895, a young 
couple came down the lane from the road leading to the 
house on the Long farm. They were Albert Bloom and 
Myrtle Downs, both of Downsville. After the service 
they went hand and hand down the moonlight road. 
Myrtle, now widowed since May 2, 1940 lives in 
her old age alone in Downsville. Her son, a Business 
man, Churchman and Legislator, Myron L. Bloom, lives 
in Saint James. David Long had the habit of handing 
to the Bride, the fee given him by the Groom. One young 
man heard of this and desirous of making a good impres- 
sion upon his new bride, handed the old Elder one day 
a ten dollar bill. This was the last bill that the young 
man had, but he expected that it would come back to 
the couple. This was at a time when the Elder found 
that his expenses were greater than his income, and much 
to the chagrin of the young man, kept the fee. 

The Long house was within range of both armies dur- 
ing the war, and there were numerous skirmishes in the 
vicinity. Both Blue and Gray traversed his land; how- 
ever little damage was done to his dwelling house. When 
the armies were fighting in 1862, a wing was under con- 
struction on the west side of the Reichard house but 
was stopped during the war. This is the house owned at 
the present by J. C. Corwell. The "Rebels" had a line 
on the ridge by the house which extended to the north 
for some distance. 

Old breast works may be found today just North of 
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Barr. on the ridge 

North West of St. James. The "Yankees" had a lint 
upon the ridge East a fraction of a mile away. This was 
just above the present home of Mr. and Mrs. Huben 
Myers. Just north of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jamei 
E. Norris, South East of St. James, may be seen thf 
old Breast works. One day the Reichards looked dowi 
and saw the "Rebel" sentry, stationed in front of theii 
house start to run. Thgre was shooting. Later they weni 
to the rain barrel to get water for their needs and founc 
that a minnie ball had punctured the barrel and it was 

During the battle of Antietam, John Reichard wa; 
asked to hitch up his team to the wagon and hau 
wounded to the field hospitals. The Dunker church was 
used as a hospital. The team was hitched up and thej 
drove down the valleys. The cannon balls and the rifl< 
bullets flew over their heads frightening both horses 
and occupants of the wagon. They hurriedly loaded uj 
two wounded men and never stopped until they had re- 
turned to their home on the ridge. A cannon ball ont 
day penetrated the east side of the house. The hous( 
stands today upon the ridge with Fairview mountain t( 
the west plainly visible, and South mountain to the east 
General Samuel Ringold chose picturesque and scenii 
spots for his houses. 

To Howard and Otelia Reichard, were bom two boyi 
and a girl. The older boy was interested in stories ol 
the war which his father told him. Having a good mem^ 
ory he retained them. The young lad would also lool 
with anticipation upon a scabbard bayonet hanging ii 
its broken belt upon the porch wall. Boy like, he thoughi 
that it would make a fine play thing. It was deemed to( 
dangerous for a boy to play with. 

When he was older he was told the story of the brokei 
belt. It seemed that his grandfather John, was on th( 
Antietam battlefield following the battle. He saw thii 
scabbard upon the body of a dead Confederate Soldier 
He asked the officer on the field if he might have it 
"Yes," he was told. Trying to turn the dead soldier ove; 
to unfasten the buckle proved no small task. "This i: 

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The Maryland Civil War 

Photograph by 
Freeman Ankrum 

'EBRUARY 9, 1957 



130 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contributinj Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Set'y. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assiicant 


FOUR MONTHS have now passed since we arrived in 
Sarasota, and we are still marveling at the great 
vork the Lord is accomplishing here for His Kingdom. 
Since our first Sunday, September 16, the attendance at 
ill services has tripled and our membership has doubled, 
rhings are progressing very rapidly, and our only prayer 
s that we may be able to keep up with it. We realize 
Jiat it is far too easy to mark the growth of the church 
3y numbers and to forget its spiritual life. However, 
ve are constantly made aware of the ever-increasing love 
)f our people for their church and their God. 
Indications of progress 
As proof of the foregoing statement I would like for 
fou to consider just a few of the events of the past four 
nonths. In October the laymen decided to adopt into their 
program the Minimum Discipline of the Yokefellows. Our 
aymen have since pledged themselves to daily reading 
)f the scriptures, daily prayer, weekly worship, propor- 
;ionate giving, regular study, proper stewardship of time, 
md the making of their life's work a calling. Since the 
idoption of this program the testimonies have been con- 
stant as to the spiritual blessings received. 

The first of November marked the beginning of our 
;eacher training program. Ten adults — four men and six 
vomen — enrolled in the course and all have been faithful 
|n their attendance and efforts. EVERY Sunday school 
teacher is consecrated and trained. 

j The Christmas season was indeed a blessed time. We 
>iad two very lovely Christmas services on Christmas 
Sunday. Florabelle and Shirley Walker directed the chil- 
ilren's program which was presented during the Sunday 
school hour, and our morning worship was climaxed by 
'he reception of twenty into our membership. A fine at- 
'endance was present for the candle-light service in the 
ivening; following the service our new members were 
lonored at a fellowship hour. 

One Christian's Testimony 
"I have never felt so much at peace," were the words 
if Brother Nathan Rubin after making his confession of 
aith in Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. This was truly 
he answer to prayer. Brother Rubin had been in the 
irayers of God's children for many years, both in our 
wn church and in the Church of the Brethren. Mrs. 
iubin had been a faithful worker in the Church of the 
brethren in Cincinnati, Ohio, for many years before 
wringing her letter to Sarasota in August of 1955. 

Farewell to the Beekleys 

On January 13 the church had a special fellowship 
jupper as a farewell for the Beekleys. It was with deep 
egret that we said goodby to them, for they were very 
aithful to our work. Chaplain Beekley showed pictures 
aken in Korea to a packed house. Attendances for that 
lunday were 79 in Sunday school, 108 at morning wor- 
hip, 77 at the farewell supper and 128 in the evening 

Program and plans 

At our congregational business meeting on January 23 
various plans were made for the new year. A constitu- 
tion committee and a ground-breaking committee have 
been appointed. Announcement was made that the char- 
ter membership list will be closed on the Sunday before 
the laying of the corner stone for the new church. A 
pre-budget canvass is now under way, and we are wait- 
ing its outcome with great expectation. The emphasis 
is being placed on the need of the "givers to give," 
rather than on the "budget to receive." 

We are still anxiously awaiting the starting of our 
church building. A great deal of our work is hampered 
by not having our own building. Since the Brethren 
Church is so new in Florida, it is too easy to feel that 
it is just another "ism" meeting in a hall. Our own 
building will help considerably. 

We are all very grateful for your continued support. 
We understand that gifts are still arriving at the Mis- 
sionary Board office, and gifts are arriving here every 
week. Keep them coming. The work is just beginning and 
it is indeed worthy of your support. Your interest and 
prayers are appreciated. 

— Reverend Lyle Lichtenberger. 




CHARLES W. RANSON, General Secretary of the 
International Missionary Council, insists that Amer- 
ican laymen abroad can play a vital role in the mission- 
ary movement. He predicts that in another twenty-five 
years at least a quarter of all U, S. college graduates 
will be going into overseas jobs. 

Mr. Ranson fui'ther states that "this great untapped 
resource can contribute great new effectiveness to a mis- 
sionary movement that is suffering on all sides from 
governmental restrictions and a shrinkage of areas where 
it can operate efficiently. 

We recall that the Christian of the early church car- 
ried the Gospel message with him as he travelled far 
and wide for business purposes. His keen sense of the 
priesthood of the believer accounted for the rapid ex- 
pansion of the early church. Somewhere through the 
years this sense of individual r^^esponsibility for the spread 
of the Gospel was lost; hence the tremendous task that 
lies ahead for Christian missions. 

The following statistics should help all of us to see 
the scope of our world mission task. In Africa there are 
still 112,000,000 pagans. In Burma there are only 400,- 
000 Christians out of 17,000,000 persons. In India only 
a fourth of the 360,000,000 inhabitants have ever heard 
of Christianity, and only 9,000,000 are actually Chris- 
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the way to do it," said the officer, placing his foot upon the 
back of the dead soldier, and taking hold of the bayonet, 
twisted the belt until it broke. The little boy who longed 
to have this dangerous instrument of war for his own is 
now Rev. Rowland Reichard, who has been Pastor of the 
Manor Church of the Brethren for many years. He is 
not only active but his sister Ruth, is Church Pianist 
and Organist. 

Mrs. Howard Rowland, widowed for many years, left 
the old Reichard farm thirty years ago, and now lives 
with her daughter Ruth, in their home in the village 
of Tilghmanton on the Sharpsburg Pike. Her life, now 
in the middle eighties is one that has been lived full. 
When married she lived a busy life upon the farm. For 
years in the busy season on the farm she cooked for 
five colored field hands. They lived in the tenant houses 
down by the marsh. One day in hurrying about her work, 
she stepped into a bucket, precipitating her with such 
force that she fractured several vertebra in her neck. 
This, she told the author, has affected her memory until 
she cannot I'emember things very well. We could not see 
such a lapse in our contact with her in regard to ma- 
terial for this article. Her life has been a life of hard 
work and she now faces the evening sunset with no fear 
but a sublime faith in the God whom she has served for 
lo these many years. She is a faithful member of the 
Dunker Fraternity, and of the church of which her son is 

Bishop Long, and as such he was known far and wide, 
had a sense of humor. One late spring when the corn 
was stunted and yellow he mounted his horse and started 
down to the vicinity of Harpers Ferry to conduct a meet- 
ing. Upon his return he was asked about the crops, 
which was one of the main topics of conversation. The 
Bishop carried a cane with him. "Why, the top of the 
corn could not be reached by my cane when I was upon 
the horse." It was not because of the great height, as 
the hearer first thought, but because it was so short that 
it could not be reached. 

Living on the border between the free and the slave 
states, he never the less made his position known to all. 
One day in attending a slave auction, he purchased all 
of them and set them free. It may be of interest to some 
to know that there are in Sharpsburg two slave auction 
stone blocks. David's father had been a man of consider- 
able means who had advanced him three thousand dollars 
at his maiTiage. Later on his father, Joseph, became in- 
solvent. David divided among his brothers and sisters the 
money advanced him by his father. During the Civil 
War, the armies of the Blue and Gray traversed his 
farm. Never a trip was made across it without damage 
or loss of property. Yet he was held in high esteem by 
officers of both armies. 

Professor J. M. Henry, of Bridgewater, Virginia, states, 
"His ministry had great influence. He preached at many 
mission points, served on important Annual Meeting com- 
mittees, conducted many funei-als, performed more mar- 
riage ceremonies than any man of his community, lived 
an active, busy life in his own congregation. He was a 
man of dominant personality, commanding in appear- 
ance, and very serious minded. 

"His work has been evaluated both critically and ap-ii 
preciatively. He was austere in church discipline, but" 
kind hearted in disposition. He made some enemies by' 
his straight forwardness but won a host of friends by' 
his piety. His uncompromising attitude during the de- 
clining years of his ministry crippled his usefulness, yet 
friend and foe believed in his sincerity." 

Though denied an education, he aided his children ini 
every way possible. One son, D. Milton was a "booki 
worm," and liked nothing better than "having his nosei 
in a book." His father encouraged him. Milton's actions; 
were not always understood. His driving of a "spanking, 
team," and his constant application to books found crit-l 
icism. I 

There was a school in Hagerstown that had been es- 
tablished in 1878 by Thomas and Rebecca Cochran. How- 
ever it had small patronage and in time was offered for 
sale. This was purchased by David Long and Son Melvin, 
It was a Father-Son affair and not under the auspices of 
the Dunker church. D. Melvin Long was the Principal, 
The consideration was $2,900.00. D. Melvin had been bom 
in 1846 and had been educated in several Colleges. Foi 
some time he had taught in Juniata College, Huntingdon 
Pennsylvania. From there he came back to Hagerstown.' 
The Hagerstown school, known as The Linden Seminary 
had at the most seventy-four students. It was finallj 
discontinued as a school and was used later on as ar 
Orphans' Home. The location was opposite Locust Point 
to the west of the junction of South Potomac Street anc 
Locust street. A Service Station is now in operatior. 

David Long is well supported in the faithfulness oJ 
some of his descendants. D, Melvin's two sons are active j 
in the church of their grandfather and father. Albert is; 
a business man in Hagerstown. W. Newton lives at 360(1 
Hillsdale Road, Baltimore, Maryland. He has served ori 
numerous Boards of the Tunker Chuhch and has travelecj 
extensively. Among the various countries visited by New-; 
ton were India where he visited the Missions and Pales- 
tine. D. Melvin, died February 10, 1911 aged 63 years 
He was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown! 
Newton is the owner of the Pulpit Bible which was taker 
from the Dunker church on the Antietam battlefield durj 
ing the battle and carried to New York state. Howevei, 
he has placed the Bible in the hands of Dr. W. H. Shealji 
of Sharpsburg, to be placed in the Dunker church whei 
and if it is restored. 

The four sons of David and Mary Long who were Min 
isters were: Joseph A., Walter, Orville and Victor. Victoi 
was the son-in-law of Elder Ephraim Stoner of Unioi 
Bridge, Maryland. He married Edith Stoner January 9^ 
1883. Three of the six daughters married the followinf 
Ministers: Susan married Eli Yourtee of Maryland, Liz 
zie married E. D. Kendig of Virginia and Katie marriec 
Seth Myers of Pennsylvania. 

David Long's election to the Eldership occurred in tht 
old historic thick stone walled Manor church. The Autho: 
has spoken different times in it and never does so with 
out envisioning hosts of faithful Brethren who adomei 
its interior in the century and more of its existence 
Just across the road many of them rest from their labors! 


St. James, Maryland. 

FEBRUARY 9, 1957 



YOU WERE INFORMED at General Con- 
ference last August about the availabil- 
ity of the two X two slides of the murals 
painted on the walls of Camp Alexander 
Mack at Milford, Indiana. These slides cover 
the history of our church from its founding 
in Schwarzenau, 250 years ago. There are 
twenty-three slides of the murals and seven 
which I have included, making a total of 
thirty slides. They are now available to be 
shown with a script or tape recording to 
cover the history of our church. 

It is hoped that our churches will make 
use of these now, not only to inform our 
members, but also to create an interest 
which will be carried forward to our 1958 

conference when a two to three hour pageant 
of the history of our church will be pre- 

Please send your reservation in as soon as 
possible, stating whether you desire script 
or tape. If possible give first, second, and 
third choice of dates. Time for showing re- 
quires thirty-five to forty-five minutes. 

All of our ministers have been notified of 
this announcement, and the response is grat- 
ifying. However, we do feel that every 
church should avail themselves of the op- 
portunity of using the pictures. 

Percy C. Miller, Chairman, 
Anniversary Program Committee. 

FiTir the =^ 


A very inspiring candlelight service was the climax of 
!lie New Year's Eve program held in the Fremont Breth- 
'en church. Prior to this service the congi-egation met in 
he church basement for a period of fun and recreation, 
lifter the showing of films refreshments were served. 

i Later as the group congregated in the upper auditor- 
iim for the serious part of the program a more spiritual 
spect prevailed, this remaining throughout the entire 
tervice up to the ringing of the church's bell, denoting 
itie arrival of 1957. Many blessings were attained by all 
j^ho took part in this memorable service. 

' Among other activities of interest in December was the 
jamily Christmas party which was held on Friday, De- 
bmber 18. Fifty-five adults and children were present 
pr another evening of Christian fellowship. Santa Claus 
ks present and distributed gifts to all. Rev. and Mrs. 
lolomon were remembered at this time with a gift from 
liurch members and friends. 

Sunday evening, Dec. 23, was the date of the Christ- 
las program. The youth capably presented a play, "NO 

ROOM AT THE INN," under the direction of Rev. Solo- 
mon. Recitations were given by the younger children. 
Mrs. Bruce Witter was in charge of this part of the 
program. Parents and friends who were present to enjoy 
this fine program numbered over eightj'^-five. 

Mrs. Russell Burkett, church corres. 


It has been some time since any news from the West 
Alexandria church was sent to the Evangelist. But, this 
is no sign that the folk here are not about their Father's 

The church here is, and has been moving forward for 
the Lord in many ways. 

The attendance for all services have been on the in- 
crease for some time. The Sunday School attendance has 
been averaging about 110 to 115, with the morning wor- 
ship attendance about 100. 

The church began a Sunday school room project early 
last fall, and it is now nearly finished. We have an east 
wing on our present church building measuring about 
31 X 30 feet square, w^ith a 16 foot ceiling. This part of 
the building vi^as taken and a second floor was put in it, 
giving us four rooms upstairs and four down. Everyone 
is very much pleased with the finished project, and we can 
still open up our folding doors to give us more room in 
the main part of the church. We hope to have every thing 
varnished and painted so that a dedication service can 
be had around the first or middle of April. 

The Lord has also blessed with souls being won to Him 
in this past year. To date there have been 17 added to 




the church in this church year for which we thank the 
Lord. A one week revival was just concluded January 
the 11th. Rev. S. E. Byler, brother of Rev. John Byler, 
of New Lebanon was the evangelist. There were six bap- 
tized on Sunday afternoon January 13th. There are still 
two awaiting baptism. 

This is a little belated, but worthy of note. Our church 
conducted the only Daily Vacation Bible School in the 
tov^Ti last summer, and a very successful one with about 
92 enrolled. We hope to have a better one this year. 

We covet your prayers in our behalf that the Lord 
will continue to use us in this small part of HIS vine- 
yard to promote His kingdom. 

H. R. Garland, pastor. 

tion to the usual annual mission offerings. A monthly! 

pledge has been made to the Mission Board and all monejj 

designated for mission work each month is sent to the' 

Mission Board. We are happy to report that so far the: 

amount turned in each month has exceeded the pledgee; 

goal. Recently the church voted to send the Evangelist; 

into the homes of each family, thus acquainting all witli 

the church and its work and growth. \ 

It is our hope that the interest in attendance, giving U- 

all the church supported projects, and growth in spiritua | 

life will continue in our own congregation and that al 

other churches will be so rewarded, also. i 

Mrs. Emma Lee Staller. ! 


Six months have passed since Fair Haven acquired a 
new student pastor. Here are a few highlights of those 
months. ■ 

During the summer the church cooperated in a town- 
ship Vacation Bible School and during the fall in a towm- 
ship Sunday school convention. October 14 was Com- 
munion Sunday with 41 present in the evening for the 
service. About 70 attended the Homecoming services on 
October 30, with Rev. arfd Mrs. S. T. Whang of the Korea 
Gospel Mission in Pusan as guest speakers. 

The congregation has been very faithful in attendance, 
and all denominational offerings have shown fine in- 
creases — even doubling in some cases. These people are 
to be commended for the service they render the Breth- 
ren Church in providing a practice ground for young 
ministers still in school. 

Jex-ry Flora, Pastor. 


After several years of no report from the congrega- 
tion at Corinth, we desire to make known to the brother- 
hood that we are working diligently and growing steadily. 

For the past two church years. Rev. Charles Munson 
has conducted a week's evangelistic service for our con- 
gregation. We enjoyed and appreciated the well-developed 
sermons, and fi'om both meetings some came forth con- 
fessing Christ. 

Attendance at all our services has been on the increase 
and the average attendance for Sunday School and Wor- 
ship services has been the best for many years. A re- 
organization of the children's department was necessary 
because of the increased number of children with more 
teachers, equipment, classroom space being added. This 
was a worthy step and is proving successful, creating 
more interest in attendance for the youngsters. 

Two new practices have been adopted during the past 
year — one in mission support and the other in publication 

At the guidance of our pastor. Rev. John Turley, w^e 
have established a monthly mission support plan in addi- 


Quarterly business meeting was held on Friday night! 
January 4th, with the election of Sunday school officers; 

The Missionary Society mission study was held at th<i 
home of Reah Harman on January 17th with Mrs. Mil 
dred Fisher giving the book review. At the noon hou: 
the work committee served delicious vegetable soup, jello! 
cookies, and coffee. Fifteen members and two guests wercj 
present. . | 

Friday evening, January 18th, family night was obj 
served at the church in the form of a pot luck suppe: 
with the offering going toward the building fund. Pic 
tures taken by Darrell Chamberlain who is no\! 
stationed with the army in Germany w^ere shown, 

Mrs. Marshall Harman, corr. sec'y. 


Since last sending an item to the Evangelist, God has 

blessed us in many ways, and many things have beei 
accomplished. Our Church and Sunday school has in 
creased till we have from 125 to 130 in Sunday school 
and from 130 to 150 in Church services. In the year o 
1956 we have received twenty people into the member 
ship of the Church. We are using the conference budge 
plan. We recommend it highly, it works fine. 

Now for the report of the activities. This past sprin, 
we have remodeled the parsonage kitchen at a cost o 
$100, the W. M. S. installed an electric range and ho 
water heater in the church kitchen. Two new gas heat 
ers have been placed in Sunday school rooms. Our Sur 
day school has increased so that we had to divide on 
of our large class rooms into two. A New Hammon 
Organ has been purchased and installed in the church a 
the cost of $2670. A building committee has been af 
pointed and plans have been drawn for a new Sunda 
School addition. 

The folk at North Liberty are a wonderful people t 
work with, and they have a great desire to see thai 
church go forward. I believe there is a great future fc 
North Liberty First Brethren Church. 

Pastor, William E. Thomas, i 

S'EBRUARY 9, 1957 


Maurertown, Virginia, as they were honored by the 
members of the Mt. Olive Brethren church on having 
served the church for the past 25 years. 

Dr. Locke, who became pastor of the Mt. Olive Breth- 
ren church at Pineville, in 1931, was honored by a capacity 
crowd of members and friends, who have been inspired 
by his magnificent leadership through the past two and 
Dne-half decades. 

Mrs. Valley Bowman, of the Mt. Olive church, called 
attention to the progress which has been made under 
Dr. Locke's fi-uitful guidance. The church building has 
been enlarged and many improvements made. Weekly at- 
tendance has been tremendously increased under his 


honored by 

for 25 years of service 
as Pastor 

Upon behalf of the membership, Mrs. Bowman pre- 
sented Dr. Locke with 25 silver dollars, as a remem- 
brance of this momentous occasion. 

The congregation also' recognized Mrs. Locke's birth- 
day and the 24th anniversary of their wedding. This an- 
niversary day will be one, which will long be remem- 
bered in the hearts of the congregation. 

The refreshment table was beautifully decorated with 
a three-tier cake baked by Mrs. Everett Rodgers, wife 
of the Sunday School superintendent. 

Dr. Locke has rendered distinguished service in the 
Brethren Denomination, having served as Moderator of 
the General Conference, and likewise of the Southeastern 
District Conference. He has served as President of the 
Ashland College Board of Trustees; is Vice-President 
of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church; he is 
the esteemed writer of the "Lesson Application" sec- 
tion of the Brethren Bible Class Quarterly, which work 
he has been performing since 1941. His lesson comments 
appear weekly in several of the Shenandoah Valley news- 
papers. Dr. Locke is held in high esteem by all the de- 
nominations through the Valley, as well as by his con- 
gregation at Mt. Olive, and by the Bethlehem Brethren 
church, of which he is also the pastor. 

(Article in part from the "Daily News Record," Shen- 
andoah Valley newspaper.) 


to the 


this month. 

$ 7,500 — Superannuated Ministers' Fund 
27,500 — Brethren's Home 

$35,000 — Total needed this year 









evidence of the power and need for the Bible than 
has been shown by the thousands of requests for Scrip- 
tures received by the American Bible Society from the 
desperate and homeless Hungarian people. 

"The very first convoy of trucks driving into Buda- 
pest found terrible depredation — absence of bread, loss 
of great stocks of clothing — but the cry was for an ade- 
quate supply of Scriptures," according to a report made 
to the Bible Society by Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, well- 
known churchman whose information came from an au- 
thenticated source. 

Immediately the refugees began crossing into Austria 
all available supplies of Hungarian Scriptures in Western 
Europe were rushed to Vienna for free distribution. But 
the several thousand available volumes were not enough 
for the one hundred thousand refugees. More Bibles were 
needed. Arrangements were quickly made to ship 60,000 
Hungarian Gospels of John from American Bible Socie- 
ty stocks in the United States. Through the cooperation 
of the Federation of Swiss Bible Societies 100,000 copies 
each of Luke and John were to be printed in Zurich for 
delivery by December 15. Before Christmas the Society 
planned that there would be enough Gospels on hand for 
free distribution to every refugee so that he could read 
the Christmas story himself. 

Presses in England were already printing 10,000 Hun- 
garian Testaments for the British and Foreign Bible 
Society and authorization was given to increase the edi- 
tion to 20,000 volumes. These Testaments will be ready 
by March 15. And what about whole Bibles? The Bible 
Society learned that printers in Holland had paper and 
an available press. Printing of 30,000 Testaments and 
15,000 Bibles could begin immediately. Delivery of these 
books has been promised also for March 15, thanks to 
the modem method of printing from photo-offset plates 
prepared from photographs of Bibles and Testaments 
printed in Hungary in 1955 and shipped to Amsterdam 
for distribution to Hungarians in Western Europe. 

Faced with this unexpected crisis it was only a mat- 
ter of days before a program of printing, shipping and 
distribution involving six countries and four Bible Socie- 
ties was initiated. Already delivered or on the presses 
for delivery within a short time are 260,000 Gospels, 

50,000 New Testaments and 20,000 Bibles. The Ameri-i 
can Bible Society is responsible for 80 percent of thisi 
production and free distribution. Its expenditure so fai 
is about $35,000. 

Scriptures are also being supplied for Hungarian ref-j 
ugees arriving in the United States. Secretary Richard I 
H. EUingson has been meeting the refugees at Camp' 
Kilmer, New Jersey, and personally and with the added 
help of the Chaplains at the Camp offering them either 
a Hungarian Bible or a New Testament. These Scriptures! 
have been eagerly received. 

Since 1953 Hungarian Scriptures have been printed in 
Hungary. The American Bible Society has sent one hun- 
dred ten tons of paper to the Hungarian Bible Council, 
which has published about 125,000 volumes for distribu-i 
tion throughout Hungary. At the time of the revolution,; 
arrangements were being made to send eighty tons of' 
paper to the Council for the 1957 publications program. 
Because publication was possible in Hungary it had notj 
been necessary since 1952 to publish large quantities! 
outside that country. Consequently no large stocks were| 
available for refugee distribution. 


Overwhelming response from physicians, churchmen, 
television writers and viewers has prompted March of 
Medicine to repeat its hour-long documentary on mission- 
ary medicine Tuesday, March 5, at 9:30 P.M., EST over 
the NBC-TV network. 

This latest in the prize-winning TV series, produced 
and sponsored by Smith, Kline & French Laboratories 
in cooperation with the American Medical Association, 
is called "Monganga," tribal dialect for "White Doctor." 
Originally televised November 27, it brought a heavy 
flow of enthusiastic letters, telegrams, phone calls and 
personal messages — many asking to see the program 

The show chronicles the daily labors of one mission- 

FEBRUARY 9, 1957 


ry, Dr. John Ross, as an illustration of the work Amer- 
mn doctors are doing for sick people all over the world." 
I In Doctor Ross' clinic, surgery is always preceded by 
j prayer. He is shown at his 14-hour day — overseeing a 
earby leprosarium, conducting a weekly pre-natal clinic, 
[raveling to distant "bush clinics." 

His days not only include the diagnosis and treatment 
f diseases which face all physicians everywhere, but 
,lso the very special challenge of tropical medicine. Lep- 
osy, yaws, elephantiasis and sleeping sickness are en- 
ountered daily. Primitive living and sanitary conditions 
aust be improved — and often Doctor Ross turns field 
onstruction engineer. 

"My job," Doctor Ross says simply, "is to lift these 
leople up." 

This dedicated man is a Kansan by birth who, as a 
iiinister, served congregations in California. At the age 
if 36 — after the death of his first four children, two of 
hem within 10 days — he decided to become a medical mis- 
ionary. He graduated from the Indiana University 
Jchool of Medicine and took graduate work at Tulane 
Jniversity. In 1950 — by then 43 years old — he was as- 
igned to the Disciples of Christ mission in the village 
if Lotumbe. 

John Gunther, author of "Inside Africa," is the prin- 
ipal commentator for the program, providing back- 
nround on Africa and on the work of the medical mis- 


Missionaries in Northern Rhodesia are faced with the 
growing popularity of a new cult sponsored by one Len- 
ihina Mulenga, or as she has been dubbed by mission- 
tries, "Alice." She is a 32-year-old native woman who 
laims to have a direct connection with God. Thousands 
if Africans are flocking to the tiny village of Kasomo 
see and hear her. 

Alice claims to have died, but God kept her from en- 
ering Heaven and told her to return to her people. She 
eaches her people to give up witchcraft and repent their 

Alice says that God told her there were two books: 
)ne for the whites and one for the blacks. And the black 
)ook was the right one. God speaks to her during a 
itrange whistling. Missionaries watching her activities 
iaid she just steps behind a tree and blows a small in- 
itrument. The natives — ordered to bow their heads — are 
greatly impressed. 

The Presbyterian Mission nearby refused her demand 
preach in its church. She immediately claimed that 
he missionaries had stolen her African book and sent it 
)ff to Scotland. She began attacking the New Testament 
—calling it a "deserted village, a hollow shell." 

In twelve months, 60,000 have listened to and been 
baptised by Alice. And once changed to her loyalty, most 
\atives refuse to change back to Christianity. 

Authorities view the situation with concern. They say 
;hat Alice has taken advantage of Mission weaknesses. 
5he fights witchcraft effectively, they say. She gives the 
latives a sense of belonging to their own church, and 

she offers salvation here-and-now, not in the future 

Of greatest concern to missionaries is the possibility 
that the Cult of Alice may be taken over by anti-white 
elements in Africa. 

So, missionaries will be watching with deep concern 
the new prophetess of the Dark Continent, Alice. 


(Continued from Page 7) 

tians. In Egypt there are just about 2,000,000 Chris- 
tians in a land of 22,000,000. 

The attention of the world has been drawn to these 
areas because of the tensions which exist. As we recog- 
nize the existing conditions in these and other areas of 
the world, we recognize the need to act with haste while 
there is still opportunity to reach these people who are 
without a witness, without hope and who have never had 
a chance to hear the Gospel. 

"Shall we whose souls are lighted 

With wisdom from on high — 
Shall we, to men benighted 

The lamp of life deny?" 

Spiritual flDebitatione 

Rev. DyoH Beiote 


"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and 
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our 
faith." I John 5:4. 

RETURNING from a reconnaissance trip, a group of 
ainnen were flying at a low altitude over some 
beautiful country, where lay a charming bay which arched 
up into the land. But they soon found that the junction 
of land and water created air currents which made fly- 
ing at low altitude dangerous. Their plane was caught 
in the whirl of the currents and was in danger of being 
forced down to destruction. When asked what they did 
the pilot said, "We tiied to rise to the calmer strata of 
air which lay just above the disturbed area." It is one 
of the facts of aeronautics that there are currents or 
strata s or currents of air at different altitudes, accord- 
ing to the contour of the territory over which the air- 
plane is flying. And one of the rules of safety is to give 
heed to those twisting, pitching currents and soar above 
them, to where the air is calm and smooth. 

How like our lives is this story. Life is full of troubles 
and perils. And it is hard to escape from them except in 
seeking the calmness to be found in the assurances given 
us in the higher regions of faith in the wisdom, and 
love and power of our God to bring us out of our doubts 
and perplexities. Here we find i-efuge and peace. By the 
power of the Holy Spirit, we rise not out of place and 
circumstance but are raised above their power to defeat 
and destroy us. There is safety in the upper cui-rents of 
faith and obedience. 




Vrayer flieeting 

hy G. T. §ilmef 


Sin is composed of naught but subtle wiles, 

It fawns and flatters and betrays by smiles. 

'Tis like the panther, or the crocodile — 

It seems to love, and promise no wile 

It hides its sting, seems harmless as a dove 

It hugs the soul, and hates when it vows most love. 

It secretly ensnares the soul it kills. 

It plays the tyrant most by gilded pills. 

No thief so vile nor treacherous as sin 
Whom fools do hug and take much pleasure in. 

— B. Keach. 

WORLDLINESS IS A PIT, and Satan is a serpent 
(Eccles. 10:8). The deceptive path of sin proves to 
be slimy (Psalm 17:4, 5), Following the crowd does not 
make an evil matter right (Exod. 23:2). The friendship 
of the world is hostility with God (James 4:4). The 
world is in the bondage of pollution (2 Peter 2:19, 20). 
The god of this world is blinding (2 Cor. 4:4), and has 
blinded the heathen (Psalm 9:15). The whole world lies 
in his power (1 John 5:19), and is made guilty before 
God (Rom. 3:19). 

But Christ died to save us from this "present evil 
world" (Gal. 1:4). His salvation separates us from the 
world (2 Cor. 5:17). God delivered His people out of 
Egypt, a type of sin (Lev. 11:45). The things of the 
world defile His people (Lev. 18:24). A holy God sep- 
arates His people from unholy people (Lev. 20:24, 26). 
The law of separation entailed the whole corporate life 
(Deut. 22:9-11). Worldly people are a snare to God's 
people (Psalm 106:34-36). We are not to hesitate about 
living a separate life (1 Kings 18:21). We cannot be 
neutral (Matt. 12:30). We cannot play a double role (1 
Cor. 10:21). Christians are positive (1 Cor. 10:31), and 
not compromising (2 Cor. 6:14). To "mind earthly things" 
is to be an enemy of the cross of Christ (Phil. 3:18, 19). 
Christians mind the things which are above (Col. 3:2). 
They are total abstainers (1 Peter 2:11), non-conformists 
(Rom. 12:2), isolationists (1 Thess. 5:22), vigilantes (1 
Peter 5:8). 

Spiritism is a sample of worldly religion (1 Tim. 4:1). 
Worldly preachers have a handsome following of world- 
lings (2 Peter 2:1, 2). We are told specifically not to 
follow the dreamers (Deut. 13:3). We are not to give con- 
tributions nor hospitality to false cults (2 John 10, 11). 
False cultists are accursed (Gal. 1:9). Theirs is the path 
of the destroyer (2 Chron. 28:23). They are not God- 
sent (Jer. 23:21, 22), but teach the vain philosophy and 
tradition of men (Col. 2:8). Many demand the message 
of the false teacher (2 Tim. 4:3, 4). Blind leaders seek 
for blind followei's (Matt. 15:14). But those who value 
their souls will turn away from them (2 Tim. 3:5b). 

The path of the just is a shining light, 

I'd rather walk therein, 
Than heap to me the vanities 

Found in the paths of sin. 

But the road is broad where sin abounds, 

And most folk go that way. 
Few seem to realize the price 

They soon will have to pay. 

Yes, "there is a way which seemeth right," 

The Holy Record saith, 
But all who go there, walk in night, 

The end thereof — is death! 

So, standing before decision's door. 

With all these things in mind, 
I choose the Christ, and light, and right, 

And leave this world behind. 

— Shel Helsley. 


William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 17, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 13:31-35, 44-52 

"THE PARABLES, fair in their outward form, ar* 
yet fairer within, 'apples of gold in network of silver' ; 
each one of them like a casket, itself of exquisite work' 
manship, but in which jewels yet richer than itself an,; 
laid up; or as fruit, which, however lovely to look upon I 
is yet in its inner sweetness more delectable still."* ; 

The parable was one of many ways employed by Jesui 
in His teaching ministry. Sometimes He simply preachec 
to them using the Old Testament as a basis for His re- 
marks (Matt. 5:7). 

There were times when He gave an object lesson tci 
present the truth of the Gospel, "And Jesus called a littk 
child unto Him and set him in the midst of them, ancj 
said, Verily I say unto you. Except ye be converted, and 
become as little children, ye shall not enter into theil 
kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:2-3). | 

On another occasion Christ performed a miracle, as iri 
the feeding of the five thousand, and then referring tc 
this, He taught the people concerning "the Bread oi 
Life" (John 6). 

The parables, then, were another means used by Christ; 
to convey spiritual truth. The disciples asked why HCj 
spake in parables. "He answered and said unto them; 
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries ol 
the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given . . • 
Therefore spake I to them in parables : because they see- 
ing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they 
understand" (Matt. 13:11, 13). 

The Parables of the Kingdom are seven in all. Some, 
would consider verses 51 and 52 an eighth. The first four' 

FEBRUARY 9, 1957 


vere spoken to the multitude (vs. 2-3); the last three to 
iis disciples (vs. 36). 


The Word of God (the seed) is sown in the hearts of 
nen. Whether that seed grows and bears fruit is not de- 
)endent upon the seed, but upon the receptivity and con- 
iition of the soil. The seed is good. I 


Within the visible Kingdom of God there are the true 
ind the false. No man is able to distinguish between the 
wo. They grow together until the Lord of the Harvest 
»rders the wheat and the tares to be separated. The tares 
vill be burned. 


There will be extensive growth in the Kingdom. 
'What began in lowly humility ('herb'), becomes through 
)ride and worldly greatness, 'a tree'." 


Again the growth of the Kingdom is portrayed. The 
kingdom will be permeated by moral decay, "till the 
vhole is leavened." 


The wise man considers the Kingdom to be a precious 
ewel worth all he possesses. He gladly counts the wealth 
if this world as nought that he might gain the Kingdom. 


Those who are drawn into the Kingdom are of "every 
cind." But "at the end of the world" the separation will 
ake place. "And whosoever was not found written in the 
)ook of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:15). 

As Children of the Kingdom are we now discharging 
>ur responsibilities? 
Are we living as though there will be a Judgment Day? 

Are we ready to enter into the joy of the Lord with 
I sense of well-being, knowing our work is commendable 
>efore God? 

I Trench, R. C, Notes on The Parables of our Lord, 

Cegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., London, 1893, 
). 30. 

Stewardship Thoughts 

by John T. Byler 


I A GOOD STEWARD is just as careful of his use of 
[rv time as he is of the use of his money. Frequently, 
|Ve have the shortness of our allottment of time called to 
|)ur attention, by the passing of a loved one or an ac- 
jiuaintance — right in the prime of life. 

We need to constantly remember the prayer of the 
ji'salmist who must have recognized the importance of time 
properly used: "So teach us to number our days that we 
nay apply our hearts unto wisdom." Life at best is brief; 

our days are numberedj»by no means has man learned to 
stretch the allotted period of time that God has given to 
man. Therefore, each precious moment should be carefully 
guarded and utilized, for when a day has slipped by, it 
can never be recalled. 

An unknown writer has suggested a worthwhile pro- 
cedure to help us find balance in life through the sensible 
use of time: 

"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 
"Take time 

"Take time 

"Take time 

to work — it is the price of success. 

to think — it is the source of power. 

to play — it is the secret of perpetual youth. 

to read — it is the fountain of wisdom. 

to worship — it is the highway to reverence. 

to be friendly — it is the road to happiness. 

to dream — it is hitching your wagon to a star. 

to love and be loved — it is the privilege of the 

to look around — it is too short a day to be 

to laugh — it is the music of the soul." 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


"UNITED WE STAND, divided we fall" pertains to 
"making and preserving ... a nation" but it does not 
apply to our Sunday schools. "United we stand, divided 
we grow" is more applicable. 

United We Stand 

a. In our purposes. If we do not know where we are 
going we will never reach our destination. Our objectives 
can be summarized as (1) to reach people, (2) to teach 
the Bible, (3) to win to Christ, and (4) to develop Chris- 

b. In our plan. We need vision to see all the children, 
youth and adults that should be in our Sunday school. We 
need provision to take care of all by providing for space, 
organization, trained teachers, records, and supplies. We 
also need a commission to go out and invite our pros- 
pects and absentees to our Sunday school. 

It is imperative that we stand together in our pur- 
poses and plans, but we must not stand still in our 
growth. We must not be satisfied with the "status quo." 
Someone has said, "The status ain't worth 'quoing' about." 
We must go, grow, and glow for Jesus Christ. 

Divided We Grow 

a. A law of life. Plants grow by creating new cells 
which in turn reproduce. In animal life we also find this 
law in operation. Plant and animal cells "multiply by 

b. A principle to follow. In Sunday school it means 
that when classes or departments reach a saturation 
point, new units should be formed. For example when a 



men's class reaches an attendaifce of 30, two or three 
new classes should be formed. Feeding the classes with 
prospects and encouraging a continual emphasis on vis- 
itation will soon produce classes in need of dividing. 
This is also true with departments. You will learn by 
experience that new classes and departments grow 

A constant review of our Sunday school records will 
reveal what classes and departments should be divided. 
New units can be formed any time; however it is pref- 
erable to put them into effect on Promotion Day. 

— Reprinted from "Link" 



Mrs. George Drushal 

Nov. 10. Sat. After doing all the things which pile up 
during the week to be done on Saturday, we then copied 
our Diary for the Evangelist which we have thought we 
would do every day for some days. It's hard to know 
what all to leave out. After copying several pages, we 
then forgot to mail it. Papa preached at Haddix tonight. 
Went to Jackson this evening to try to find a stout table 
on which to set our heavy safe. Could not find any. 

Nov. 11. Sun. Mr. and Mrs. Frank, of Rittman, Ohio, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Hartzler of Smithville, Ohio, arrived 
in time for Sunday school and church. They had come in 
last night while we were at Haddix, but went back to 
Jackson to stay all night. They stayed for dinner. Nice 
to see old friends. Had a harrowing experience this af- 
ternoon. While we were passing the Wheeler home en- 
route to Rowdy, little Bruce Ronk, while playing with 
the other boys ran down the bank in front of our car 
and the car ran over him before we could stop. We 
thought we had killed him. After car could be stopped, 
we saw him move out toward the back of car and we 
pulled him out, while his mother, there in an instant, 
grabbed him and carried him in. They took him to the 
Home Place Hospital where the doctor found nothing 
wrong but a few bruises and scratches. Hope we never 
have to go through anything like this again. 

Nov. 12. Mon. Bi-uce Ronk feeling fine, after his under- 
the-car experience. Served to the faculty the venison 
Lacy Deaton brought us. Had one of the little girls come 
before the faculty because of her quarreling and trouble- 
making and misbehavior on the Sunday aftei'nooii walk. 

Nov. 13. Tues. After the teachers' prayermeeting to- 
night, Adah went to Jackson to call up one of the chil- 
dren's mother to see if she wanted her taken to the hos- 
pital. Hasn't been able to talk for several days. She took 
another girl to Hazard, thirty six miles, this morning to 
see a doctor. Mr. Riblett and Mr. Shuy, from Wooster, 
Ohio, came to put in the intercommunication phone in the 
parsonage. Glad they brought their wives. They finished 
it late tonight. Big help to talk to all the other buildings 
on the place. They had come about a year ago and placed 
phones in all the other buildings. Mrs. Kessinger's sister, 
of Mulvane, Kansas, started the project a couple years 

ago, by giving $100.00 for it. The Laymen of Woostel 
then took it up and completed the project. 

Nov. 18. Sun. Had our Fall communion tonight. Goo 
attendance, although many not there who should ha\. 
been. Pleased to see the children who were recentl;; 
saved, there. This afternoon a truck, driven by Mr. Blosse 
and Mr. Gilbert arrived from Bryan, Ohio, with a Bit 
load of fruit, vegetables, clothing, furniture, pop corr 
canned goods, candy, cookies, soap, milk, glasses; wel 
about everything one could think of. Children and all o 
us quite elated and THANKFUL. Could not have th, 
Saturday night preaching service at Haddix last nigh, 
on account of our communion here, so Papa preache 
there tonight. Tried to get Bro. Fields to preach hercj 
but he was not well, so the Young folks had charge o 
the service. One of the high school boys took charge. 

Nov. 19. Mon. At Faculty meeting, made arrangement j 
for the cooking during Thanksgiving vacation when Mrs! 
Ratley and Adah will both be away. Teachers will taki 
turn, two preparing each meal, after the girls leave! 
The Home Ec. girls are working today on a big Thanks j 
giving dinner tomorrow. Papa not well. Pains in hi| 
back make it difficult to move at times. ' 

Nov. 20. Tues. Raymond Haddix, a former student an 
two other boys, gave good program in chapel. Papa'' 
back hurting quite badly today, but he taught his sciencj 
class. Home Ec. girls served a) big meal tonight. Alway^ 
give the children a big meal before they leave for vacai 
tion. Mrs. Ratley left for Louisville today to visit he 
brothei-. Two high school girls doing the cooking. 

Nov. 21. Wed. Papa and Adah to Robinson School i; 
Pei-ry County for a chapel service. Papa scarcely able t 
go, but they had accepted the invitation of the principal 
and did not want to disappoint him. Students left thi* 
evening for their Thanksgiving vacation, all but threl 
girls and two little boys who had no place to go. The;i 
have had a good time popping some of the corn the Bryaij, 
folks bi-ought. 


Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos 

sible, note the following information. Church Treasurer?! 

also please note: i 


( For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund | 

Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and ad ' 

dress Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohic 


The Home is in need of a married man anc; 
wife (middle aged) to work at the Home 
starting February 15th. If interested, writr 
immediately to: 

Mr. Russell Kuns, Superintendent, 

The Brethren's Home, 

Flora, Indiana. 


i February 22-24, 1957 

This event on the ASHLAND COLLEGE CAMPUS is for all Brethren high 
chool Juniors and Seniors from every state. Check with your pastor for details. 

r3IS THREE-DAY PROGRAM is being arranged to 
provide Christian fellowship, fun and a close look at 
he opportunities for Brethren young people at Ashland 
JoUege. It promises to be a most unforgettable experi- 
nee for all who attend. 

Those who possibly can arrive Friday forenoon will have 
anch together at Jacobs Hall, the college cafeteria, then 
isit classes of their choice in the afternoon. The expe- 
ience of visiting classes in session is a most rewarding 
ne. WARNING!! The last class begins at 2 o'clock on 
i'riday. Therefore, it is urgent that you arrive by 1:30 
T before to benefit from this opportunity. 

Other HIGHLIGHTS of the weekend will be: a Breth- 
en Youth Rally, tour of the campus, visits with col- 
ege officials about entrance requirements, costs, and 

courses of study available, visit new buildings, sessions 
with department heads, recreation in gymnasium. Breth- 
ren Youth Banquet, college basketball game; and Church 
services on Sunday Morning at Park Street Brethren 

Housing and breakfasts will be provided. Hence, your 
only costs will be transportation and other meals (about 
$4.50 if you stay the whole time). RESERVATIONS 
must be received in Ashland by Tuesday, February 19th. 
Send them to either Rev. Virgil E. Meyer or Rev. Phil 
Lersch, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. The phone num- 
ber is 44561. 

We hope to see many of you for BRETHREN COL- 

Come and See Us on These Days 


SUNDAY SCHOOL was over. A door opened. An attractive young 
woman came out with a Bible under her arm. A group of little girls 
thronged around her affectionately. They followed her down the street. 

Another door opened. Another teacher came out with Bible in hand. 
He was a middle aged man. He, too, was going home, and so was his 
class of adolescent boys. Another came out, and stiJl another, their pupils 
following them. 

The angels weep. The very teachers to whom the destinies of those 
boys and girls had been entrusted were leading them away from the 
Lord's appointed hour of worship. Unwittingly they lead the unsaved 
away from the Saviour. 

The Sunday School Teacher, who, by example, leads a class away 
from the church after Sunday School has done more harm by the act 
than the good done by teaching the lesson. 

— New Lebanon News. 

Make Church attendance a regular habit in your life. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


AT 2:15 ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 the young peo- 
ple began pouring into the Louisville Brethren 
Church for a Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth Rally. 
And it was good they came, for the rally was well ar- 
ranged and had several outstanding features that will 
not be easily forgotten. 

The rally program began at 3:00 sharp with the local 
president, Jim Sluss, bringing a greeting and then intro- 
ducing Rev. Butz, from a nearby Church of God, who 
led the ensuing song service. Also included in this hour 
of devotion was a 20 minute progi-am by the Louisville 
High School Select Choir of about 40 voices. The choir 
did a fine job of presenting various kinds of numbers and 
added much to the afternoon program. 

THE DETWILER BROTHERS, Bob and Bill, were the 
afternoon inspirational speakers. These twin brothers 
conduct The Calvary Hour, a Mennonite radio program, 
a woi'k which their father had begun several years ago. 
Their messages were right to the point and very valu- 
able to all the youth present. Bill emphasized the im- 
portance of personal prayer and Bible study and then Bob 
spoke about reaching out and contacting our friends to 
win them for Christ. These messages should stick in our 
minds for quite a while, for they were given with much 
sincerity and urgency. Our thanks goes to the Louisville 
B. Y. C. for securing them as speakers and to the Det- 
wiler Brothers for such a fine work. 

Bryon "Bill" Hildreth, N. E. O. District president, then 
conducted a lively and humorous business session in 
which many forward steps were taken. I'll not mention 
all the business, but one outstanding coming event for 
the district will be a LEADERSHIP TRAINING WORK- 
SHOP to be hel(i some time next fall for all officers and 
advisors. This is a most encouraging undertaking — and 
it is being done on the district level by the district or- 
ganization. It is hoped that more districts will do the 
same thing. The Ohio District also has a news letter 
which is mailed periodically to the churches, keeping 
them up-to-date on district developments and reminding 
them of coming rallies. 

A fine lunch (for 66c) was served by the Louisville 
women and then the group had some free time until the 
evening worship service. One Hundred Twenty-five had 
reservations for supper. This was a good number consid- 
ering that four churches were not represented because of 
driving conditions and other unavoidable conflicts. 

The feature of the evening worship sei-vice was the 
showing of the Christian film, "SEVENTEEN." This is 
one you should see if you have an opportunity. It is as 
present-day as it can be and carries a message that can 
not soon be forgotten. Incidently, the lead part of Linda 
is played by the sister of John Terrell, pastor of our 
Mansfield Brethren Church and a student at Ashland 
Theological Seminary this year. As I said at the begin- 
ning, this rally was a "high" one because it had so 

many memorable parts which should be long remembered) 
Thanks, Louisville for a job well-done. 


The Ashland Seminary has entered a team in the coli 
lege intramural basketball league which is batting 500^ 
at the present time. The i-osten includes Charlie "stretch I 
Lowmaster (6'6"), Professor Ralph Verno, John Terrell 
Dick Allison, Chuck Kraft, Registrar Harold Clark, am 
Phil Lersch. We tangle with the league leaders tonight] 
so I wanted to report this before our standing gets an;! 
. i 


Sunday, February 17 3:00 P. M\ 


Keep this date openl for a time of Christian fellowshi | 
and inspiration. ! 


Monday, February 18 Evenini| 


This skating party promises to be full of fun an 
spills, but also will include a short business session an' 
devotions. Don't miss it! I won't! ! 


Several students on the Ashland College Campus havl 
recently indicated their interest in doing something witJ: 
their time during the summer months. Their interest' 
include Cinisading, pastors' helpers, and manual laboj 
on a work project. Nothing definite has been establishes 
yet, but it looks as though our' next job would be to sat 
isfy these desires put forth by such stewards. 

I also received two inquiries from our churches thi 
week about the possibility of having a Crusader tear' 
come to their church and teach in the summer Bibl; 
School. We not only need teachers, but we also will bl 
needing churches. So, if your church is intei'ested in hav' 
ing a Cnisader Team, let us know soon. First write, firs 
get! L 


Saturday, March 2 7:00 P. J!! 

Berlin, Pennsylvania 
An interesting program and speaker are being cori 
tacted. It's for vou! 

?Cath to ffipBt 

HOWELL. William Allen Howell was bom in Wabas! 
County, Indiana March 7, 1859 and died December ^ 
1956 after an illness of three weeks. United with the Co 
lege Corner Church in November 1886, Survived by on; 
daughter, one granddaughter and one great granddaugl i 
ter. Funeral sei-vices conducted at the Hoover-Mint 
Funeral Home in Wabash by his pastor, Rev. Hanna. 

G. B. Hanna. 


5'EBRUARY 9, 1957 


omen s 



en loradfi 


OUR CHURCH has been privileged to have Rev. Clay- 
ton Berkshire conduct a workshop on Stewardship and 
[ would like to share with you some of his thoughts and 
lome of my own ideas about the privilege of being a 
steward of God. 

Rev. Berkshire says that "Christian Stewardship is 
;he practice of systematic and proportionate giving of 
ime, abilities and material possessions, based upon the 
!onviction that these are a trust from God to be used 
n his service for the benefit of all mankind in grateful 
icknowledgment of Christ's redeeming love." 

For many years I have heard tithing taught in rela- 
;ion to money. And that is good. Our churches need sup- 
)ort — our missionaries need support and our colleges 
md seminaries need support. But I think we lose sight 
>f the true meaning of stewardship if we stress only 
he giving of one-tenth of our money. Jesus said "Seek 
7e first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be 
idded unto you." If we are first willing to give of our 
ime and abilities to the church, the giving of our money 
vill follow, because we will see the great need of the 
:hurch and our interest in seeing it prosper will force, 
IS it were, the giving of our money to the support of 
jod's work. The church cries for Sunday School teach- 
jrs, for people to visit our sick, for singers in our choirs, 
'or ushers, for helpers in our Bible schools — I could go 
m and on. We can not shirk our responsibility to God 
)y putting money in the collection plate. God needs work- 

Rev, Berkshire also said that God has given us certain 
esources that, if properly used, will insure our being 
ible to perform these acts of Stewardship. The excuse 
if many people for not being active in the church is that 
hey are not trained to perform these tasks. The read- 
ng of the word of God, the attendance at our church 
irorship services, and our communion with God through 
»rayer are the resources upon which we may lean for 
jtrength in accomplishment of any task God may find 
!or us to do. We are told that we are "the vessels of 
Jod through which he expects to spread his gospel." 

I Think for a moment of yourself as a vessel of God, 
•laced on this earth with nothing except the talents God 
;ave you. It may be a talent to sing, to teach, to make 
|>eople happy, or it may even be the talent of making 
boney. Whatever it may be it should be used to the Glory 
jf God. Do not be ashamed of your talent, take it out 
I'f that dark closet, shine it up with the love of God, and 
put it to work. 

As we approach the Easter season, we should be im- 
pressed again with the great love of Christ for us. Let us 
jaake our lives a partnership with God, a profitable part- 
liership, if you please, and you will find that it pays the 

richest dividends of all, peace and happiness here on 
earth, and a hea^Tenly reward in the life to come. 


Beneath the cross of Jesus, 
The hymn we sometimes sing. 
Is more than just a song to me, 
It is a living thing. 

Beneath the cross of Jesus 
We lay our burdens down. 
Knowing when death may claim us 
Our souls in Him are found. 

"My father, please forgive them — 
They know not what they do." 
That was His plea, to God for us 
And still today is true. 

Beneath the cross of Jesus 
We hang our heads in shame 
That such a one could save us, 
By praying, in His name. 

Mrs. Hubert Miller, 

Goshen, Indiana. 


(Continued from Page 2) 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. At a recent business meeting 
the congregation approved the recommendation of adding 
a wing to the present brick building to the east. Plans 
for the project have been presented to the church. 

books, and new hymn book racks for the pews were re- 
cent gifts to the Garber Church. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Four were baptized on January 20th 
and received into the church the following Sunday. 

New electric stoves were I'ecently installed in the 
church kitchen. 

BRYAN, OHIO. The W. M. S. presented their public 
program the morning of February 3rd. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. The Senior and Intermediate 
Youth groups visited the Hope Rescue Mission, South 
Bend, Indiana, the evening of January 20th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Eight new members were 
recently received into the church by baptism. 

MUNCIE,- INDIANA. Guest speaker the evening of 
January 27th, was H. D. "Bud" Hunter, of Shipshewana, 
who told of the work being done at the Shipshewana 
Camp site. 

From the Muncie bulletin we quote: "There were over 
60 who reconsecrated their lives to the Lord, (during the 
recent revival), and several children and young people 
confessed Christ as Saviour." 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Brother Albert T. Ronk has re- 
cently been elected President of the Waterloo Ministerial 
Association. Brother Ronk, and the other officers of the 
Association, and their wives, were honored at a diimer 
given by the Ministerial group, at which time the new 
officers were installed. 

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3he Lord is my 


HE LORD is my shepherd; I sihall not want. 
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pas- 
res: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 

3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the 
ths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

4. Yea, though I walk thi-ough the valley of 
e shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou 
t with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort 

5. Thou preparest a table before me in the pres- 
ce of mine enemies: thou anointest my head 
th oil; my cup ninneth over. 

6. Surely godness and mercy shall follow me 
the days of my life: and I will dwell in the 

use of the Lord for ever. 

—Psalm 23:1-6. 

I shall not want. 



February 16, 1957 

No. 7 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of Qeneral Interest 


A telegram from Brother George E. Drushal, of Lost 
Creek, has informed us that all the Lost Creek workers 
are safe and well; that they had the worst flood waters 
in the region ever known. It was thought that when the 
new parsonage was erected, it was placed sufficiently 
high enough to be free from any possible flooding of old 
"Troublesome Creek." However these flood waters were 
the highest ever, and some water did get into the par- 
sonage, but no permanent damage has resulted. 

Krypton did not fare as well as Lost Creek. Margaret 
Lowery lost a lot of things; water got into the basement 
of the church, ruining much clothing and things which 
had been stored there. Margaret has been administering 
penicillin "right and left" to combat the danger of dis- 
ease among the people of Krypton. A rehabilitation pro- 
gram is in progress, but there is need for additional help 
at Krypton to aid in cleaning up the area. Anyone who 
could donate some time to this rehabilitation work is 
asked to contact the Mission Board office in Ashland, 
Phone: 39582, or Margaret Lowery at Krypton, Kentucky, 
or just go prepared to work! 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick reports that 
four young people made their confession of Christ on a 
recent Sunday, and are now awaiting baptism. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler note 
that "A full evening of inspiration by our 20 voice Carci 
Choir was given on January 27th." Sermonettes were als J 
given by two of the young people. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. Brother Robert G. Holsinge 
lists in his bulletin 51 members of the Warsaw Sunda; 
School who have completed one or more years of perfec 
attendance. Thirty-five of these were for more than on 
year, and five of these for more than 20 years, with om 
Mrs. Lulu Snellenberger completing 30 years of perfec 
attendance. A footnote indicates that "Mrs. D. A. C 
Teeter doesn't want to reveal her age, but she has ; 
record of many years of perfect attendance." (Editor' 
Note: We feel that 30 years, or more, of perfect attenl 
dance at Sunday School is a commendable record, don'i 
you? If there are other Brethren in the brotherhood wh] 
have completed 30 or more years, we would like to hea' 
about you, too. W. S. B, \ 

(Continued on Page 19) 

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March 3-10 — Rev. W. B. Brant, Evangelist; Rev. Rober^ 

L. Keplinger, Pastor. 


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T/ie Simplicity Of Truth 

' ^ ness of the message of the 23rd Psalm? But 
lave you also ever considered the simplicity of 
he language used in this memorable Davidic 
vriting? We are sure that you have. Most Chris- 
ians have, at some time or other, thrilled at its 
nessage. Many have memorized its six short 
^erses, and have found the words a source of 
:amfort and strength. 

Volumes and volumes of books have been writ- 
en on this Psalm ; sermons by the hundreds have 
)een preached on these inspired words. Yet, to us, 
he greatest commentary on the 23rd Psalm are 
he words of the Psalm itself. This Psalm is the 
)erfect example of the simplicity of truth. 

"The Lord is my Shepherd." Five words, four 
)f them of one syllable. Read it, five times, aloud, 
emphasizing a different word each time. What do 
^ou have? Great theological doctrines, eternal as 
>od who gave them, showing the relation of sin- 
'ul man to sinless God, reconciled through Christ, 
;he Great Shepherd. Yet all this great truth 
:omes to us in five easily understood words in 
inybody's language. Even a child can repeat these 
ive words, thereby realizing he is not an un- 
vanted, aimlessly drifting speck of humanity on 
;he sea of life. He has dignity, worth, provision 
md future, for the eternal God knows he exists 
ind does care for him. 

The remainder of this Psalm is a commentary 
)n these first five words and could easily be the 
)bject of the same treatment we have suggested 
/ou give to them. The Psalmist, who had learaed 
:he hard way that the way of man's will brings 
3ut hardship, sorrow and tragedy, has been re- 
stored into the presence and fellowship of God. 
5o he gives us his testimony, and what a wonder- 
ful testimony it is. Yet it is told in the beauty of 
simple language. What he does is tell us what 
;he Lord has done for him. It doesn't take him 
i^ery long to do it, either. Would that we, today, 
ivould be just as eager to tell others what the 
Lord has done for us. Yet, too much we are prone 
to cry to the Lord in time of need, then forget 

to tell others of the blessings we have received 
when God answers our prayers. If you don't be- 
lieve in testimony meetings, then never recite the 
23rd Psalm where anybody can hear you, for that 
is exactly what this Psalm is. 

In the simple language of a man telling what 
God has done for him, David tells of the confi- 
dence he has that God will provide his every 
need even as the true Christian today says, "My 
God shall supply . . . need according to his riches 
in glory by Christ Jesus." He speaks of the rest 
God gives, of the refreshment of green pastures 
and still waters. David further testifies that the 
Lord leads us into the right paths of duty, ser- 
vice and living. 

Yes, even the soul's great question of life after 
death is a part of David's testimony. This fourth 
verse of the 23rd Psalm has done more to shed 
hght and confidence on the question of the end 
of this life and the entering of the next, than any 
other passage, mainly because of its simplicity, 
and also because it is more widely memorized by 
many people. Here is the whole doctrine of eter- 
nal life couched in a few easily understood words, 
guaranteed because "The Lord is my Shepherd." 
Coupled with the sixth verse, it preludes the 
Good Shepherd's great passage on eternal life, 
the 14th chapter of John. Are we willing to al- 
ways give a reason for the hope which lieth in 
us — the hope of eternal life through Christ? 

The pilgrim journey, with its trials, hardships, 
etc., is also a part of David's testimony, told in 
simple, every day language. Any earnest Chris- 
tian can surely testify to the fact that the Lord 
has been good to him in the midst of life's chang- 
ing patterns of the passing days. Surely no one 
is so ungrateful for God's benefits in this way as 
to fail to let people know how good He has been. 

David did it in simplicity. And that assures 
us that the every day expressions by which we 
communicate with each other, can bear testimony 
in the simplicity of truth to what God has done 
for us. Other people will be blessed because we 
have done as David did. W. S. B. 




Moderator's Address 

1956 Midwest 
District Conference 

Ye Stand This Day All Of You [ 

Before The Lord Your Gocl 

Rev. Claude R. Stogsdill 

(Deut. 29:10) 

HOW WONDERFUL, we think, if we could only have 
been one of the disciples. Just to be near Jesus, 
the Son of the Living God, to watch Him teach, to hear 
Him pray, to see Him heal the sick, or feed the multi- 
tudes. Or perhaps you have thought at times that you 
would like to have been one of those standing along the 
streets as He passed by. Some little boy may wish that 
he were the boy that met Jesus when he had the five 
loaves and two fishes so that he might give them to 
Jesus and watch Him feed the great multitudes with 
them. The one that sits day in and day out in the wheel 
chair or walks with crutches might wish that he were 
the one to whom Jesus was speaking when He said, 
"Take up thy bed and walk." The ladies may well wish 
that they had the opportunity that Mary and Martha 
had when they served Jesus in their home. There are 
any number of people that we might like to have been 
in order that we could have had the privilege of being 
in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

If I should ask you if you would like to stand in the 
very presence of the Saviour this hour I know that you 
would say that you would. I believe that the answer would 
be the same whether we asked the housewife, the child, 
the father, the tourist, the laborer or the leaders of our 
country. Some may pretend they do not care (if they 
are not Christians) but deep in their heart they would 

(Moderator's Address read at the Mid-West District 
Conference in October 1956.) 

really like to stand in His presence if it were for noth-li 
ing more than curiosity. j 

But what does God's Word say? "Ye stand this daji 
all of you before the Lord your God." "Oh!" you say 
"but here God was speaking to the Israelites." Yes, thai 
is true for He mentioned the captains of their tribes anc 
"all the men of Israel." God was speaking to the Is- 
raelites but not to them alone! I back up this statement 
by referring you to verse 14 and 15 of Deuteronomy 29 
"Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this 
oath: but with him that standeth here this day befon 
the Lord our God, and also with him that is not here 
with us this day." Critics tell us that this verse extends 
down through the ages from generation to generation; 
it applies to you and me just as well as it applied tc 
the Israelites that day. Jesus, "The same yesterday, to- 
day and forever," stands before us this day. More cor- 
rectly as our text states, "Ye stand this day ail of you, 
before the Lord your God." j 

What does all this have to do with the Brethrer 
Church in 1956? I believe that it has very much to dc 
with our church. Brethren. I believe that when we come 
to realize the truth that we find here; I mean wher 
we really understand and believe with all our heart the 
words in this verse, our Brethren Church will take the 
offensive and Satan shall take the defensive. We shall 
push ahead, obstacles shall be removed, hopes shall be 
lifted and the victory shall be ours. 

What reasons do I give for such a statement? Let me 
mention just a few. 

1. When we realize that we are truly standing in the 
presence of the true and living God, conviction shall 
reign in our hearts. When people realize that God if 

EBRUARY 16, 1957 


Etching their every move I believe many of their moves 
ill be eliminated. Somehow people like to think that 
hen they get ready to sin and desire to yield to temp- 
ition, God will in His great Love for us take a walk, 
h, how we wonder how other people can do some of 
le things that they do and not feel ashamed. But with 
it is different. God loves us we think and somehow 
e get the idea that He does like we do with our chil- 
en sometimes; just pretend like they aren't around 
'hen they are being naughty. No Brethren, God does not 
ike a walk whenever we sin. God is ever present and 
e are ever standing before Him. Our deeds are open 
id naked in His sight and when we come to realize this, 
mviction will change our lives. 

But let us not stop here. No, indeed. I do not believe 
lat it is the things which we label sin that are the 
tost dangerous in our case. I believe that it is the things 
lat any Christian may call "clean and decent." Let us 
ime a few of them: baseball and football games, fishing, 
anting, family reunions, firemen's meetings, townboard 
;eeting and a thousand and one other things you might 
ame or have been thinking of. Now listen preachers, 
I know it's easy for you to be preaching a sermon right 
bw, too, but this simple little message is for you, too, 
) why don't you and I start asking ourselves a few 
aestions? What did we do yesterday instead of read- 
ig our Bible like we should have? Did we put enough 
me on next Sunday's message? How long did you pray 
bout it? 

If these questions are a little pinchy what makes it 
)? I would answer for myself this way; It wasn't be- 
luse of open sin. It was because of those things that 
lost Christians think are all right; the only thing is 
lat they interfered with the work of the Lord, they 
owed down the progress of the local church and some- 
ling was left undone that should have been done. The 
rethren Church then has slipped behind the Master's 
ock. Some soul or souls may spend eternity in hell 
ecause of it. Some Christian may not get the help 
eeded as a result of it. Why? All because we somehow 
:)uldn't believe that we were standing in the presence 
f the Lord. We all know the kind of person that works 
etter when the boss is around. I believe that most 
Christians will do better and do more work when they 
salize that their Lord is always around. 

2. When we realize that we are truly standing in God's 
resence, we will have more faith. Before one becomes 

Christian he is convicted and feels very miserable at 
be very thought of God's presence. One does not stand 
1 the presence of God very long until he finds that 
tod is a loving and just Being. They either try to hide 
rom God by hardening their hearts and pretending that 
le isn't around, or they jrield to Him. Soon they find 
hat He is willing to help, and they see the truth of 
ohn 3:17: "For God sent not His Son into the world 
condemn the world: but that the world through him 
light be saved." Yes, what a wonderful change in our 
ttitude toward Him; "not condemned" but "saved." 

I believe you will agree with me that when we come 
realize that God is still with us and that we are 
tanding before Him every moment of our lives, that 
n\\ be the time when there is no excuse for defeat, 
juther tells how, and I quote, "when sorely vexed by 
ay own sinfulness, by the wickedness of the world, and 


by the dangers that beset the Church," he had fallen 
into a state of utter hopelessness and depression, and 
went about the house mourning and dejected. Seeing his 
wife all dressed in black he asked the reason. "Do you 
know," she said, "God in heaven is dead?" He looked 
at her in amazement. "What nonsense!" he said, "How 
can God die ? He is immortal and will live throughout 
all eternity." "And yet," his wife said quietly, "you go 
about hopeless and discouraged." . . . This Brethren, has 
all too many times been a picture of our lives. Like 
Luther we forget that we are standing before Him, and 
cause the world to think that God is dead or else He 
has taken a vacation and has left us to struggle through 
this life by ourselves. 

3. Thirdly, when we realize that we are standing in 
God's Holy presence, temptation loses its power. Satan 
has a wonderful way of swinging the glittering lights 
of the world in front of our eyes. He is the original 
hypnotist. Many a hypnotist will dangle a watch or 
some other fascinating object before the one he wishes 
to hypnotize. This takes the person's eyes and mind off 
of everything else. His eyes finally become glued to the 
object and his mind concentrates on the watch and on 
the watch alone. From there a good hypnotist can switch 
the person's mind from one thing to another into what- 
ever channel of thought he desires to do. Satan is the 
greatest hypnotist. He knows the things that catches 
eyes of the different people. He knows what they like 
and if he can but get their attention, if they will but 
watch a little while, then he has them. From then on 
he can lead them from sin to sin like a puppy dog on a 
leash. From then on they are not their own but they are 

This, I realize, is a horrible thought, but yet we know 
it is true. But, praise God, it need not be. Many have 
let it happen to them; they have no one to blame but 
themselves, or some Christian who did not warn them. 
God is a wonderful God. He is so wonderful that no man 
has ever looked upon His face. In Exodus 19:21 God 



warned Moses to keep the people back lest they break 
through and gaze upon Him and perish. His glory is so 
great that if they should touch the mount where He stood 
they should die. Where God walked it had the appear- 
ance of "a paved work of sapphire stone." (Exodus 
24:11). One time when Moses came down from the mount 
to speak to the people they could not look upon his face 
because of its brightness. Even then God had spoken to 
Moses through a thick cloud. 

Now, friends, I ask you earnestly, what chance should 
Satan have against God like that? What excuse can 
we give for letting Satan catch our attention with his 
little glittering lights ? If we would but realize that we 
are truly standing in God's presence the lights of this 
world would appear as a candle against the glowing sun 
on a hot August day. Yes, Christian friend, you should 

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, 

Look full in His wonderful face; 

And the things of earth 

Will grow strangely dim, 

In the light of His Glory and Grace." 

Recently a young man came into my study. As he came 
in I was a little startled at first because of his appear- 
ance. He gave all the outward appearance of a man 
under the influence of alcohol. I soon found out dif- 
ferently, however, for as he stepped into the door he 
quickly told me his name and where he was from. I 
could tell that he had something of great importance 
and that he wanted to get it off his heart. I offered 
him a chair. Even before he sat down he said, "I'm lost, 
I'm lost, I'm lost physically, mentally and spiritually." 
From there he went into a story that would grip the 
heart of the most unsympathetic. His father Vv^as a min- 
ister and he had known the Christian life. Satan had 
flashed the lights of the world in his face and enticed 
him away from the Lord. He had left his wife and chil- 
dren and wandered deeper and deeper into sin. Now here 
he was before me. The lights of the world had lost their 
glitter; his friends didn't want him; his family didn't 
want him; the world had nothing for him; he didn't think 
the Lord wanted him and he knew that the law did. 
After several minutes of elaboration of his past life a 
confused agonizing expression came upon his face and 
he asked me, "What can I do, I'm lost." 

All the while he was talking I realized that sooner 
or later this last question was coming. I was praying and 
praying hard. Never had I heard such a story — how was 
I going to answer? 

As the man finished his story I picked up my Bible 
and turned to a portion of God's Word in St. John. As 
I read the scripture the story matched his story. Step by 
step it explained the condition of one like his own and 
then gave the answer. The Lord helped me to point out 
to him words which he must have at one time read and 
loved. We went to prayer and he prayed the penitent's 
prayer. Oh, how I would like to have had a picture of 
the man's face when he came into my study and when 
he went out. When he came in he had written on his 
face all the woes and worries of the world. Temptation 
and the fruit of yielding to temptation seemed to be the 
only thing the fellow could see. He could not realize that 
he was in the presence of God and that all he needed to 
do was to cry out to Him. But when he left, his face 

was radiant, the grac« of God flowing through his sou! 
He seemed to know that he still had to face the prob; 
lems of life, but now he was ready. The Glorious ligh 
of Christ had penetrated the darkness and I'm sure thaj 
when Satan turned the glittering lights back into hi; 
face again that they seemed very insignificant comparei^ 
to God's great light that shone from his heart. 

After this man left I glanced once again at the wordi 
that I had read from St. John. I realized that neve*i 
before had these words carried such meaning to me. 
closed the Bible and meditated for a few minutes. Trul> 
I was in the presence of God. 

4. There is no question whether or not the Christiaip 
shall wake out of his sleep and get on fire for the Lortj 
when he comes to know the truth of our text. I think alj 
serious thinking Bible reading Christians realize that the 
second coming of Christ could be very soon. I believi! 
that they also realize that we are in the "Lukewarm'! 
age. How many times I have heard Brethren say, "Oh; 
we aren't a radical group; we keep our feet on thJ 

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The Psalmist prayed: "Renew a right spirit 
within me." The Christian spirit is a right spirit! 
Its characteristics have been delineated as: first i 
a spirit of supreme love to God, and universal love | 
to man. It implies the absence of all revenge: 
hatred, or enmity toward any creature. 

A right spirit is a humble spirit, inclined t(i 
self -misgiving and self-distrust. It is a tendeJi 
spirit, always ready to feel for others, and prompli 
to bestow aid, \ 

A right spirit is a cheerful, hopeful spirit, thalj 
never yields to doubt or despondency. It is rei 
signed to the will of God, and complacent in all 
of His dealings. It is benevolent and generous in 
the use of temporal means, but at the same timcj 
provident and prudent in all temporal interests; 

A right spirit is devout and watchful and fulj 
of solicitude for the salvation of men. It is £\ 
spirit of contentment, rejoicing in the blessings j 
of a beneficent Providence, meek under reproach-j 
es, and patient under all afflictions and trials. | 

The power of a right spirit is beyond concep-i, 
tion. It impresses all who come in contact witfcj 
it. A man may resist argument and disdain re\ 
proof; but a right spirit will finally subdue th€i 
hardest heart. | 

Like unto Christ is the spirit of the Christian,'; 
It is never frivolous or trifling, but is always 
pleasant and deeply in earnest. It sees for fallen; 
man but one hope, and proclaims that this laid! 
hold upon, proves the soul's sure anchor. j^ 

— Heart and Life. 

H^EBRUARY 16, 1957 



13 College Ave.. Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39 582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Set'T. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Aisiitaat 

or a 

Feme Baldwin 

r WAS VISITING the beginning class at the Garkida 
^ leprosarium school and Malam Dika was teaching 
lausa (the most commonly known language in north- 
irn Nigeria). But the children were just beginning and 
aany of them needed most of the new words explained. 
^ heard the teacher explaining to Tobi in Fulani, then to 
?oma in Kilba, to Mari in Bura and to Fall in Margi. 
Jut one little boy seemed wrapped in silence and finally 
klalam Dika turned to me with a frown. "I can't explain 
him," he said, almost in apology; "I don't know his 


Since Garkida is at the edge of several tribal areas, 
nany people here speak four or five languages rather 
veil, and those who progress far in school learn English 
n addition. At the present time in most of our primary 
ichools the children learn to read in the local vernacu- 
ar, but begin oral Hausa at the same time. By the sec- 
md year they are reading in the vernacular, beginning 
read in Hausa and learning English orally. By the 
ime they have finished the fourth year of school, they 
lave read all the literature in the local tongue, are 
,'eading and speaking fairly difficult Hausa, and have an 
English vocabulary of about five hundred words. This, of 
jourse, is in addition to one or two languages which 
[he child may know but never have studied in school. 
Ii'or example, in our eastern area a Higi child would 
:now Higi, probably Fulani and some Margi before he 
lame to school. There he would learn to read in Margi, 
later in Hausa and then learn English. Eventually he 
(lay go to Waka Training . Center and after long asso- 
iation with Bura boys become able at least to hear what 
3 being said in Bura. 

Language barrier 

In contrast to all this knowledge of languages, the mis- 
jionary feels the barrier of language most keenly. At 
irst when one wants to convey a simple thought to a 
ellow man this barrier rises like a stone wall. The pages 
ff the dictionary get hard wear as does the famous tool 
^entence: "What is the name of this thing?" 
S Some missionaries go through a period when they un- 
consciously speak louder and louder in English, trying 
3 make people understand. Many times the person gives 
ome sign of agreement and goes off to do exactly the 
pposite of what he was told because he did not under- 
jtand. A bit later is the period when with an incomplete 
nowledge of the language, errors in tense or pronoun 
feep in sometimes with laughable results. 

Spiritual-life Barriers 

The next barrier which the missionary feels keenly 
light be called the barrier to the spiritual life. When 
ine has once become able to discuss the farm, school, or 

illness of the person and can greet him properly and in- 
quire into the health of his family, then it is that the 
missionary must bridge the gap and learn to discuss 
spiritual things. 

To inquire into the health of a child is an empty thing 
when one cannot discuss with a mother her hopes and 
desires for her children. To teach a child arithmetic be- 
comes second choice when one can discuss with him the 
most important thing he will ever learn — the way of 

Just yesterday I sat talking with Famata and she was 
telling about her children. Soon she was describing for 
me the days and nights of Sikari's serious illness. About 
two years ago, this child had become very seriously ill 
and finally the doctor operated to find a great knot of 
worms in the intestine blocking the passage. He had 
removed the knot, but of course there were many other 
worms which he could not get out. 

"After the operation," said Famata, "the doctor said, 
'Now I have taken out some of these worms, but there 
are many more and perhaps the child will not live. We 
can only await the face of God.' And so we did. The doc- 
tor said, 'If she lives for four days I think she will live.' 
I counted the days and nights. Her father sat on one 
side holding one hand while I sat on the other side, hold- 
ing the other. Sometimes when she cried at night I held 
her on my arm outside under the banyan tree until 

"Finally the four long days had passed and still she 
lived. Then ten days had passed and I said to her father, 
'Fathers do not wait by the side of sick children. You 
must go home, and I will wait by the child.' And so we 
were there one month and one week and God turned his 
face toward us and healed the child." 

The child about whom she spoke was running and 
laughing in front of us with a younger sister. "Oh," she 
said, "God helped and the doctor — only God can thank 
him for me." And silence fell between us — both of our 
minds filled with the joys and sorrows of child rearing. 
Language was no longer a barrier but a bridge between 
us. — From The Gospel Messenger. 



Pastors, Missionary Superintendents and Committees 

FOR ACCURATE, up-to-date information regarding 
our missionaries and missionary program, keep a file 
of our pages in the Brethren Evangelist. This will prove 
helpful to your entire church and denomination. We try 
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ground." I realize that we should be proud of the fact 
that we aren't radical. The only thing I hope is that we 
aren't so afraid of being radical that we fall into the 
group that Christ called the "Lukewarm." I only hope 
that the Brethren who claims to keep his feet on the 
ground keeps those feet moving. 

This is the day when people can batter and bruise the 
fellow sitting next to him in the football stadium when 
a touchdown is made; he can watch the teenagers pull 
their hair, scream and pull the clothes off each other 
when a guy with a guitar and a pair of sideburns walks 
in front of the TV camera. It's all right for anyone that 
takes in the movies to become a little emotional during 
a sad part of the picture but it becomes a major crime if 
anyone should say "Amen" in the church pew. He from 
that time on is called the "Amen boy" of the church. 

Now, friends, I ask you. What are we afraid of ? A fine 
Brethren, a devoted Christian and a fellow pastor, asked 
the following question at our conference in Mulvane last 
year: "Brethren, we know we teach and live God's word 
as Brethren — why don't we make more progress as a 
denomination?" I do not remember what I offered in the 
way of an explanation to that question but I do know 
what I would say now. I would say that I think it is 
because we have not fully realized that we are stand- 
ing in the presence of God Almighty, the God who cre- 
ated all things, the God who has down through the gen- 
erations loved and guarded His creatures, the God who 
gave His only begotten Son for the sin of the world. 
Surely when we come to realize that this is the One 
for whom so many have died, (and so many are dying 
without), and we do not become zealous, then surely 
there is no hope for our awakening. 

5. The fifth and last thing which I believe the reve- 
lation of Deut. 29:10 shall cause us to do to become a 
victorious denomination, is to become a soul winning 
church. Many people have the idea that the Brethren 
Church is the only church that can win souls for Christ. 
If this is the case, then outside of the souls won by the 
Brethren Missionaries, we made only a net gain of 25 
souls in the entire world last year. Look at your 1956 
Statistical Analysis sheet and see what I mean. Accord- 
ing to this record (and I'm quite sure that it is cor- 
rect) we made a net gain of only 25 members in the 
1955-56 year. Is this our idea of winning souls? Can 
we say that we believe that we stand before a God who 
gave us a book which we as Brethren use and believe 
and call our creed? This Book which has sixty-six books 
in one; some forty-four writers through which God spoke, 
all from different walks of life, from the lowly fisher- 
man to the noble lawyers and scribes. These men lived 
lives which were spread over twenty different centuries; 
yet the entire Bible was built around the theme of sal- 
vation. I say. Brethren, do we believe that we actually 
stand before this same God? Surely there would be more 
than twenty-five additions to our denomination if this 
were the case. If God wants souls saved, and we know 

He does, then either He or we have failed. We know G(| 
never, never fails so we are the guilty ones. 

And, now fellow workers of the Mid-West district, ar 
readers of the Brethren Evangelist, let us not broc 
about the past mistakes, but let us wherever we are ai 
whatever our work might be, look into the face of th 
forgiving God as we stand in His Holy presence and as 
Him to make us what we ought to be. Let us take Hi 
hand and hear His voice. Let us read His Word. And I 
let us come to the realization that God did not esta 
lish the Brethren Church and leave it alone to prosper ( 
die as the case might be, but let us realize that we a: 
still in His presence and therefore the Mid-West DistriT 
and Brethren as a whole can not be anything but vi! 
torious. Amen. ! 

Mathias, W. Va. i 


of the 


of the Brethren Church 

•^pHE ABOVE PICTURE shows the fine group of m 
1 who are heading up the National Laymen's Orga 
ization of the Brethren Church this year. 

Left to right, they are: Elton Whitted, of Ashlai 
Ohio, Editor of "The Brethren Layman"; Max Miller, 
Waterloo, Iowa, Secretary; John Golby, of Johnstow 
Penna., the President; Everett Keplinger, of Daytc 
Ohio, Vice-President; and Treasurer Joe E. Stookey, 
Ft. Pierce, Florida. Delbert Mellinger, of Ashland, Oh 
Assistant Secretary, was absent when the picture w 

The picture was taken in warmer days than present 
last August, at General Conference time. 


FEBRUARY 16, 1957 








— Photo by Professor Lloyd Hoff, 
Manchester College. 

Editor's Note: We are indebted to Brother Henry Bates, 
pastor of our church at North Manchester for the accom- 
panying picture and story. While it is a report of a dis- 
play used this past Christmas season, we are passing it 
m to Evangelist readers as a suggestion for next Christ- 
nas. What has so effectively been done in North Man- 
chester, can surely be accomplished in other places. 
W. S. B. 

Brother Bates v^rites: 

"We have heard and read a great deal lately concern- 
ing the commercialization of Christmas, and of the plea 
to Tut Christ into Christmas.' I thought the readers of 
;he Evangelist might be interested in the enclosed pic- 
jture and write-up of a young couple who have tried to 
femphasize the spiritual aspects of the holiday. This dis- 
jplay attracted the attention of a number of pastors, not 
Ijnly here in North Manchester but also from Peru, 
Wabash, and other cities." 


'OR SEVERAL YEARS we have been hearing and 
reading much of the undue commercialization of 

Christmas, and of the plea to put Christ back into Christ- 
mas. In 1949 there appeared in one of the Muncie, Indi- 
ana, newspapers a syndicated column which closed with 
this paragraph: "With millions of dollars and limitless 
energy spent to make store windows beautiful at Christ- 
mas, I wish somebody would devote one window to noth- 
ing but a simple old-fashioned living room table with a 
thumb-worn Bible on it. It would take the prize for effec- 
tive Christmastime window dressing, if you ask me." 

During the past Christmas holidays shoppers in North 
Manchester, Indiana, were thrilled to see just such a dis- 
play! An old-fashioned stove, an old rocker and shawl, a 
pair of carpet slippers, a pair of old spectacles, and a 
century-old Bible composed the display in the Wendel 
Floor Covering Shop — operated by Brother and Sister 
Paul Wendel, active members of the North Manchester 
church. Hundreds of shoppers, including pastors from 
several surrounding towns and cities, ceased from their 
hurrying long enough to pause in front of this window 
and to catch the significance of the arrangement. As the 
writer of the above-mentioned column remarked, "it took 
the prize for effective window dressing." 

Henry Bates. 




by Rev. Woodrow B. Brant 





many times with many variations, but still has a 
timely message for our day, 

A Mother was wondering what she might do to keep 
eight-year-old Jerry busy while she might prepare sup- 
per. Putting a new jigsaw puzzle on a table, she said, 
"When all these pieces are put together it will be a pic- 
ture of the world." 

In what seemed a short time Jerry shouted, "It's all 
done. Come and see." Looking at the completed puzzle 
she asked, "How did you do it so quickly?" "It wasn't 
hard," he said, "I found on one side of the pieces what 
seemed to be parts of a man. I put the man together and 
the world came out all right!" 

To the best minds in all countries, today's world con- 
dition is a puzzle. If back of the complicated and badly 
divided parts, could be seen the face and form of Christ 
and they could be brought together on the basis of His 
teaching, "the world would come out all right." 

Life can never be put together on the basis of physi- 
cal welfare, secular education, or material possessions. 
Abiding satisfaction, true joy and lasting peace will fol- 
low when God and His Kingdom are put first. 

The Brethren Church, you and I, can make no prog- 
ress if there be not care to preserve inviolate this in- 
ward power of the Holy Spirit, that which moved the 
early church forward and upward in spite of persecu- 
tion, hardships, and difficulties on every hand. We need 
to carefully ponder anew Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind 
be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." LET THIS 
those who try to second guess Christ. Some who would 
put Him in the category of the Pennsylvania Dutchman 
who is credited with excusing himself and his mistakes 
and blunders by the quaint saying, "Don't take me for 
what I say, but for what I mean." I'm very positive 
Jesus Christ never spoke in that manner. But because 
many have tried to determine the "mind of Christ" out- 
side of the inspired Word of God, we have had many who 
have strayed and are continuing to stray from that mind. 
The mind of Christ is clearly stated in the Holy Scrip- 
tures. Why can't man accept it? 

"Holding faith, and a good conscience; which somi| 
having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck, '. 
is another verse we need to ponder well. I 

It was because of their carefulness in maintaining j" 
good conscience that Daniel and his companions werj 
given spiritual enlightenment above all the men of thei ; 
times. They had an understanding in divine mysterie i 
that others failed to enter into, because it remains truil 
in all dispensations that "spiritual things are spirituall;) 
discerned." God does not commonly impart His secret: 
to careless men, but to those who are devoted to His in 
terests. He may, in His sovereignty, use even a Balaan 
or a Caiaphas to utter divine truth; but cases like thesii 
are extraordinary. The rule is that "the secret of thi| 
Lord is with them that fear Him." | 

It is of grave importance that we bear this principLJ 
in mind in these Laodicean times. We live in days wheii 
everything that once was deemed important is looked upojjj 
as a matter of indifference; when truth for which score 
of martyrs shed their life blood is considered hardl; 
worthy of being contended for — days when the claim - 
of God as set forth in His faithful Word are openly se 
aside even by those who "call themselves by the name oj 
the Lord," and who profess to owe everything to th | 
cross on which the Lord Jesus died. 

Latitudinarianism is the prevailing order, and few ask 
with intention to obey, "WHAT SAITH THE SCRIP!, 
TURE?" Is it any wonder that a host of false teaching | 
is consuming our Church, coming in like a flood, anli 
many on every hand are being swept from their mooi ! : 
ing ? A good conscience — that is, a conscience in all thing 1 1 
controlled by the Word of God — once put away, shipwreclN 
of the faith is almost certain to follow. It is not a quesj 
tion of shipwreck of faith in Christ; but by putting awa'^ 
a good conscience people make shipwreck of THE FAITH 
and the term "THE FAITH" means "the faith of God' 
elect," the truth He has revealed, and concerning whic 
FAITH IN A PURE CONSCIENCE." It is the same a; 
that spoken of by Jude, who writes exhorting believer t 
to "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to thj 
saints." i 


'EBRUARY 16, 1957 

And so we may lay it down as an axiom proven by 
xperience, and supported by Scripture, that the only 
yay we can advance in the truth is by maintaining a 
pod conscience. 

! The Brethren Church and particularly its Ministers 
oday stand at the Crossroads of World Destiny — even 
.3 that valiant handful of Greeks withstood the Asian 
lordes at Thermoplae. The greatest of all decisive battles 
|if the world is "crescendoing" to a climax before our 
I'ery eyes. Immeasurable values are at stake: Shall God's 
|freat vineyard, of which we are the stewards, all the 
iostly fruits of Christian Civilization, be given over to 
Jodless materialistic communism — or shall we rise up 
ind measure up. Oh Men of God, at this crucial hour? 

Never in 2,000 years has the Church or its Ministers 
tood in a more strategic position of leadership. The 
niracle drugs of medicine are Preventing and Curing 
he plagues of the Body (BUT ONLY TO THE GRAVE! 
;;hrist alone can cure the ills of men through the grave 
ind into Eternity). Our Ministers must utilize the Mir- 
icle Remedies of Christianity, modern tools, methods and 
procedures for Prevention and Cure of the frustrations 
md ailments of the mind and soul. Our Ministers can 
nake us conscious of our basic blessings bom of Chris- 
ianity. They can and v/ill lead a great spiritual renais- 
lance, enlisting the efforts of every Christian in a pro- 
gram commensurate with the magnitude of the crises. 

Our Ministers must learn how to PREVENT mental, 
aoral and spiritual shipwreck of those entrusted to their 
are; there must be PASTORAL CARE, and EFFICIENT 
^'EEDING of the Sheep.. How to make Christianity more 
neaningful in everyday lives of our people is one of the 
najor subjects occupying the time and attention of the 
lutstanding religious leaders of our day. 

The Late Charles P. Taft, speaking before a conven- 
ion of religious leaders made these pertinent observa- 

1. "82% of people in America regard themselves as 
nembers of some religious body — BUT, most of them do 
lot go to church. One reason is that the LEADERS of 
he Church do not know enough about the areas of 
ife where people work. 

2. "Preachers and Theologians behind them, along with 
illhurch Workers, often have little idea how completely 


unintelligible what is said in the pulpit is to the large 
classes — unintelligible in that it makes no effective con- 
tact with their experience." 

The Gospel calls for a ministry which will seek at all 
times to do two things: 

FIRST, to listen, like the true prophet which collec- 
tively it is, to "what the Spirit says to the churches," 
and then to transmit that word of the Gospel to Christ's 
church for which it is meant; 

SECOND, to inspire the members of that church — again 
under the guidance of the Spirit of Christ — with courage 
and to give them the motivation, and to fill them with 
the spiritual dynamic that will send them out into the 
world to become THE CHURCH in all their relation- 

These individual Christians, then, become THE 
CHURCH in the existent service club, in the Y. M. C. A. 
and Y. W. C, A., in the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, in 
the Red Cross, in the amusement field and in the realm 
of art, in economic life, in the scientific laboratory, in 
the body politic, in the labor organization, and in the 
manufacturer's organization. And in each of these spheres 
of human activity, being THE CHURCH-IN-THE-SIT- 
UATION, they as individuals — though ever conscious of 
the powerful spiritual fellowship of which each is a micro- 
cosmic replica — bring the gospel solution to bear on all 
the multifarious problems presented by the complex 
world in which the church finds herself. 

Thus, the Church of Christ, discharges her Redemptive 
Task in the historic scene in which she lives, not as a 
priest by sacrifices that cost her little, nor as scribe in 
slavish adherence to the orthodoxy of a dead past, nor 
yet as apocalyptist with his crossless ethics for an un- 
realistic world— RATHER AS THE PROPHET THAT 

was also in Christ Jesus." 

Mineral Point, Penna. 

$ 7,500 — Superannuated Ministers' Fund 
27,500— Brethren's Home 

$35,000— Total needed this year 


rin- the =~y^'--l ~ \ J. 


November 5 to 18 the County Line Brethren enjoyed a 
two weeks' meeting with Rev, R. K. Higgins as our evan- 
gelist. Rev, Higgins had previously held a meeting for 
us in 1953. It was a great joy to work with him again 
in the Lord's vineyard. We made 108 calls in the homes. 
Four evenings after church we called in homes to deal 
with precious souls. Prayer service was held at the church 
each evening before services. Our people responded well 
in prayer, the giving of special music each evening and 
were faithful in their attendance. 

The average attendance the first week was 78 and the 
second week 91. Our Junior B. Y. C, under the leader- 
ship of Mrs. Carl Ringer and Mrs. Arthur Ringer, led 
the congregation in choruses each evening. Rev. Higgins 
favored the children with stoz-y time a few evenings. He 
also showed the following filmstrips to us during the 
meetings: "Win Your Friends," "Win Strangers" and 
"Win Your Community." He showed our Senior B. Y. C. 
the filmstrip "How We Cot Our Bible" and a film on 
clean living. 

Brother Higgins made his home with the Gilmers dur- 
ing the meeting. We appreciated his helpfulness and en- 
couragement to us because we are new in the ministry 
and also have had much sickness in our home. Our daugh- 
ter, Sharon Rose, is much better now. She plans to go 
to school the second semester. I have Eyeritis in my left 
eye and find it difficult to keep up with the duties and 
demands of a pastor. We wish to express our gratitude 
to all Brethren Churches and pastors for your prayers 
in behalf of our family and church. 

The messages Brother Higgins brought helped us to 
realize the importance of our Lord and His Church. We 
had no visible results during the meeting but since that 
time one has been received by letter and five were re- 
cently baptized and accepted as members. At this writ- 
ing three more have been baptized and accepted as mem- 
bers. Out of this number three couples have been united 
in Christ. More have promised to make public confession 
soon. Brethren, God answers prayers when we work with 
Him! The sowing of the Gospel Seed brings forth a har- 
vest! Isaiah 55:11, "So shall my word be that goeth forth 
out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but 
It shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall pros- 
per in the thing whereto I sent it." 

May we use this means of thanking the Elkhart Breth- 
ren for the use of their fine pastor and for the delega- 
tions from their church. It thrilled our hearts to see fine 
delegations from South Bend, Teegarden and North Lib- 
erty Brethren. North Liberty and Pine Creek Church of 
the Brethren favored us with numbers from their mixed 


and male choruses, respectively. The Church of God ar 
the Union Church of LaPaz, the Lakeville Bible Churc 
and Indiana Chapel also favored us with their presenc 

I want to commend our church for recently repayin 
a similar visit to North Liberty, Teegarden, South Ben 
Indiana Chapel, LaPaz Union and Lakeville Bibi 
Churches, It is good for Christian people to encouragi 
one another in these last days! Let us all continue 1 
cooperate in special efforts toward the winning of pr( 
cious souls. 

March 9 will mark the beginning of the fifth year c 
our ministry at County Line. The Lord and His childre 
have been very good to us. We have prospered in Spii 
itual riches by His Grace. 

Herbert Gilmer, Pastor. 


Sunday, January 13th was the Fifth Anniversary c 
the Dedication of our Church at Tucson. This we cek 
brated along with the dedication of new pews and a Ham 
mond Organ which have been added to our church dui' 
ing the past two years. Both contribute so very much t 
the appearance and comfort of the Sanctuary. : 

We had 163 in attendance at Sunday School and . 
large crowd for the Dedication and Worship service. Ou 
pastor, Vernon Grisso brought a very good sermon: "I 
This Really the Church?" II Corinthians 4:7, "But w 
have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellenc; 
of the power may be of God, and not of us." 

The Choir sang a very beautiful dedication anthenr 
The Rev. H. F. Berkshire and family of Lanark, Illinois 
were with us for the day and assisted in the dedicatio i 
services. l 

The Lord surely was with us in all our services am, 
the weather was just made for the day. We put ou 
tables in the patio and ate under a sun that raised th\ 
temperature to almost 80 degrees. Over 100 stayed fo, 

The annual business meeting of the Tucson Churcl 
was called at 2:00 P. M. Following election of new offi; 
cers, we called the following to the office of Deacon an(j 
Deaconess: Mr. and Mrs. H. B, Puterbaugh, Mr. and Mrsj 
L. W. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shank and Mr. an(j 
Mrs. Kenneth Seller. The meeting adjourned with all rej 
ceiving a great blessing from being in the Lord's Houst 
that day. 

Another improvement in our church which became <i 
necessity with a growing church, has been the very recen 
moving of the pastor's study from the parsonage to tht 

We really are thankful for our progress during th" 
five years and we pray for an even richer five years ii 
the future of saving souls for our Lord's Kingdom. Man; 
thanks to our Mission Board and the "$10-Club" for mak 
ing it possible to have a church here in Tucson, May w<| 
all give the $10-Club serious thought and consideratioi ij 
so that other churches may be started through it. 

Sincerely, in Christian Love, 
Mrs. Clara Flory, Corresponding Secretary. 

EBEUARY 16, 1957 



The church here is carrying on since our minister left 

;he first of October. We have a student minister from 

Vlilliken University in Decatur filling the pulpit until we 

an get a Brethren minister; we are praying for this to 

(je soon. 

We held a "Homecoming and Cash Day" November 18 
,with Rev. C. C. Grisso as guest speaker. He stayed over 
knd held a service on Monday evening and then conducted 
lommunion on November 20. 

As a result of "Cash Day" we were able to clear the 
iebt on the parsonage and also pay for the covering of 
t with white shingles. 

Our Sunday school attendance has increased and is 
still increasing to the place it is calling for more room 
;o do effective teaching. 

The Finance Committee stated they had some money 
available to use for building or improvement, so asked 
the trustees to get a project to start on. 

At our recent business meeting it was decided we 
would place the Evangelist in the homes of all our mem- 
bers, thinking it would be helpful since we do not have 
a Brethren Minister. 

Loretta Metzger, Sec. 


Members of the choir of the Main Street Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, Penna., and their director and or- 
ganist, Mrs. Paul K. McMillan, were honored at a turkey 
dinner, Wednesday, January 9, in the church social rooms. 

The banquet committee consisted of Mrs. John H. 
Blocher, Mrs. H. T. Staub, Mrs. D. C. White, Mrs. Simon 
McKenzie, Mrs. William E. Homig and Miriam M. Bird. 
The committee was appointed by the official board of 
the church, with the purpose of honoring the choir mem- 
bers and their director for their faithful services through- 
out the year, and especially for their presentation of the 
Christmas cantata, "Dawn of Christmas." The Bethany 
Bible Class also helped to sponsor the banquet. 

Choir members who attended and their guests, were as 
follows: Mrs. McMillan, Charles Boyer, Ada Purbaugh, 
Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Norval 
Gnagey, Mrs. Cordelia Casteel. Mr. and Mrs. William 
Donaldson, Sydney and Naomi Lenhart, Mrs. Irvin Shafer, 
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. George 
Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Staub, and Rev. D. C. 

Miss Miriam Bird was toastmaster at the banquet. 
She reminisced about her memories of the choir. George 
Fisher, as a new member of the choir, told of his expe- 
riences, and A. L. McDaniel, as an older choir member, 
gave interesting highlights of his choir membership. 
Mrs. Schafer has been a member of the choir for the 
longest consecutive period, as she became a member of 
a girls' quartet when she was in the eighth grade. The 
choir was then directed by the late Mrs. Harry Cook. 

Miriam M. Bird. 

Sptrttual fIDebitations 

Kev. Dyoll Reiot« 


"Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24. 

T HOPE YOU will not think ahead and imagine I am 
going to discuss the double-standard life as it is dis- 
cussed in connection with the relations between men and 
women. Our text suggests that there is a prohibition on- 
or prophecy of-the uselessness of-attempting to lead a 
double-standard soul life. 

A writer tells of an experience in his home which 
suggests the key to the maintaining of right soul rela- 
tions with the Almighty. He says that as he started 
leading the family devotions one morning, his little son 
reached over and put his two chubby hands in one of his 
father's hands, and left them there for the entire period 
of the devotional period. 

In this act of the little son was suggested to the 
father the picture of the giving of ourselves unreservedly 
to the care and keeping of the Heavenly Father, and 
the surrendering of our wills to His Divine will. The 
habit of living a double-standard soul life — trying to 
hold on to God with one hand and Satan with the other — 
is too widely practiced in the fields of business, politics 
and religion. And this practice has led to many of the 
dangers, and consequent fears, confronting men and the 

Only as we make full surrender, and pledge full loy- 
alty to God and put our hands into the nail-pierced hands 
of our Master can we know the full joy of God's love. 
The words of the song express the thought very beau- 

"Have you failed in your plan for your storm-tossed life ? 

Place your hand in the nail-pierced hand: 
Are you weary and worn from its toil and strife? 

Place your hand in the nail-pierced hand. 

Place your hand in the nail-pierced hand, 

Place your hand in the nail-pierced hand. 

He will keep you to the end, He's your dearest friend. 

Place your hand in the nail-pierced hand." 


Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
also please note: 

(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 
Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and ad- 
dress Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville. Ohio. 



Vrayer TUeeting 

bij G. X §ilwier 


Not for the wise the teaching, 

But for the little child; 
Not for the strong the guidance, 

But for the meek and mild. 
The feast is for the hungry, 

The treasure for the poor; 
The naked and the outcast 

Enter the open door. 
■ The pure in heart behold Him, 
■ From vulture's eyes concealed; 
And to the bruised and bankrupt 

The kingdom is revealed. 
Philosophers may stumble 

In daylight, like the blind. 
While teachable disciples 

The heavenly pathway find. 
Where human wit is baffled. 

Love finds the golden key; 
And with anointed vision 

Reads heaven's mystery. 

Max I. Reich. 

CHRIST WAS FOND of the common, but honest- 
hearted people (Luke 6:20, 21, 24, 25). He loved 
the teachable and those who felt their spiritual need 
(Matt. 5:3-5). His program was prophesied in Isaiah 
61:1, 2, which He carried out to the satisfaction of John 
the Baptist (Matt. 11:3, 5). The officially religious, of 
Palestine did not approve of this program (Luke 15:1, 2). 
In the main, His response was among the common peo- 
ple (Mark 12:37). 

Children, being unsophisticated, loved and honored 
Him (Matt. 21:9). The poorest and the vilest knew that 
they would be received of Him (John 6:37). Thus the 
despised publicans sought Him (Luke 19:1-10). The sin- 
ful woman showed her penitence under severe criticism 
(Luke 7:36-50). The same was true of the woman taken 
in adultery (John 7:53—8:11). The rich were just as 
welcome (Mark 10:17, 21). But the self-satisfied did not 
care for Him (Rev. 3:17). 

Only spiritual babes who believe what God says are 
blessed (Matt. 11:25). Angelic messages are to humble 
believers (Luke 2:15). Miracles are for people who be- 
lieve in them (Luke 23:8, 9). Thus the Pharisees re- 
jected the sign of Christ (Matt. 12:39; Matt. 28:11-15). 
If there is anything that pains Christ it is our unbelief 
(Luke 24:25, 26). Jesus did not care to perform mir- 
acles in the presence of unbelievers (Luke 8:39-56). Only 
three saw the transfiguration (Matt. 17:1, 2). 

It took a healed demoniac to make men marvel (Mark 
5:18-20). Christ grieved when only one of ten lepers 
healed returned to thank Him (Luke 17:12-18). The grate- 
ful shepherds shared the good news (Luke 2:17, 18). 

Jesus wants the good news shared (Matt. 28:7). Goi 
will punish those who withhold a blessing intended fcj 
others (2 Kings 7:8, 9). Thus Peter and John, "ui^ 
learned and ignorant men" (Acts 4:13), cleared theii 
souls from the blood of sinners (Acts 4:20). Thus tbi 
learned Paul, who had to crucify his learning (1 Co:! 
1:12; Phil. 3:4-8), could speak well for Christ (1 Coii 
9:16, 2:1-8). 

" I have eaten my morsel alone,' 
The patriarch (Job) spoke in scorn. 

What would he think of the church were he shown 
Heathendom, huge, forlorn. 

Godless, Christless with soul unfed. 

While the church's ailment is fullness of bread, 
Eating her morsel alone?" 

P Lesson 


William H. Anderson 

Lesson for February 24, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 16:1-12 

Does this not characterize many who profess God'; 
name ? Many Christians remember without difficulty th( 
everchanging batting averages of their favorite base' 
ball heroes. Yet these very same people find it impossibli] 
to memorize a Scripture passage or reference! ; 

"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of th(| 
Sadducees," warned Jesus. "Then understood they hov' 
that He bade them . . . beware ... of the doctrine oj 
the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." 

What was this "doctrine?" The Pharisees' doctrine' 
was Externalism. Religion to them was an outward thing! 
They performed works in order to be seen, rather thai 
to serve. 

The Pharisees are still with us today. Most churche; 
have a few! They give to be seen. They pray to be heard; 
They serve to be praised. Indeed, the "leaven" of the| 
Pharisees has spread until it now engulfs many! ] 

Jesus said true worship is not outward. "God is Spiril| 
(A. R. v.): and they that worship Him must worship' 
Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). 

The Sadducees' doctrine was Materialism. Only that is 
real which is visible — tangible. They denied the existenctj 
of spirits and angels (how can they be real when thejj 
cannot be seen!), and did not believe in the resurrection, 
There was no place in their thinking for the supernat! 
ural. i 

The Sadducees are not dead! They still exist — and ar(! 
increasing in number and in strength. The liberals and 
modernists who deny Christ's deity, the efficacy of Hisl 
blood. His resurrection, His miracles, Hi.s power to savtl 
— they are the Sadducees of our day I 

If we are able to discern the Signs of the Times, w( 
ought to be able to discern the Signs of the Spirit! Whj 

EBRUAEY 16, 1957 


lould it be that "the children of this world are in their 
sneration wiser than the children of light" (Luke 

God has given light unto His Children, "Walk while ye 
ave the light, lest darkness come upon you," said Jesus 
John 12:35). 

Christians cannot expect God to give them more light 
nd spiritual discernment until they walk in that light 
Iready received. 

The Child of God who continually walks in God's light 
ill enjoy spiritual fellowship with other Christians, and 
piritual cleansing through the Lord Jesus Christ (I 

3hn 1:7). 


yunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 



"IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to build and maintain a Sunday 
chool without a good system of records," says a promi- 
ent Sunday school consultant in the West. 

The kind of records a Sunday school keeps, he says, 
spends on the purpose of the Sunday school. Too often 
; is merely to "count heads and count money." 

But records have a bigger job to do and can make a 
:emendous contribution to the ministry of the Sunday 

Records can teach character-building habits — reverence 
)r the Bible, faithfulness in attendance, punctuality, 
3sponsibility in church attendance, stewardship. 

Records tell a great deal about each pupil: whether he 
repares his lesson, whether he attends church services, 
Whether he attends Sunday school regularly. They also 
sveal something of his spiritual condition, of his home 
fe and family. 

All of this information is a real help to the teacher 
1 presenting the lesson — yes, in preparing the lesson. 

The Six-Point Record System has been a real help to 
bachers, pupils, and the Sunday school as a whole wher- 
jver it has been given a fair trial. 

One pastor declares it was the biggest factor in the 
apid increase of attendance and increase of offerings 
1 his Sunday school. 

In the system, points are given for attendance, punc- 
iiality, bringing Bible, offering, preparing lesson, and 
ttending church. A modified four-point system is used 
Dr young children, with points given for attendance, 
unctuality, offering, and memory verse. 

The point system is an exciting incentive for all ages, 
lince individual report cards are issued periodically. 
j The extra time taken in keeping the records is more 

than repaid in increased attendance, offerings, and spir- 
itual results. (Reprinted from "Teaching Tips") 

(For more information on the Six-Point Record Sys- 
tem, write to Baptist Sunday School Board, 127 Ninth 
Avenue, North, Nashville 3, Tennessee; Gospel Light 
Press, 1214 South Brand Boulevard, Glendale 4, Cali- 
fornia; or Scripture Press, 1825 College Avenue, Wheaton, 



Preach Jesus, as the central theme and all cor- 
related truth in its proper relation. People do not 
go to church to hear literary and scientific dis- 
cussions. The most of them get all they want 
of that through the week. They want the Bread 
of Life, and nothing else will satisfy that in- 
satiable heart hunger. They have battled with 
the world until many are footsore and weary, and 
need to have a new touch from the Lord. What 
a terrible mistake to endeavor to satisfy this 
immortal thirst for the living God, with any- 
thing less than the Water of Life! No wonder 
that the masses are drifting away from the 
church. Jesus said: "If I be lifted up . . . will 
draw all men unto Me." And no other message 
will so continuously charm and hold the attention, 
as the Gospel preached in the power of the Spirit. 
This land is full of substitutes and base imita- 
tions, and as a result the people are starving for 
the truth. A noted minister once said : 

"Allow me to whisper in some young minister's 
ear that if he is going to select two or three 
professional men, and prepare learned sermons 
for them, he is making a double mistake. He 
is neglecting the common people who heard the 
Master gladly, but he is wearying the other peo- 
ple nigh unto death. They have had enough of the 
lecture room and its theories. They have come 
to church for light on daily duty, and inspiration 
to do it bravely. Never can I forget what a dis- 
tinguished scholar, who used to sit in my church, 
once said to me, 'Your best work in the pulpit 
has been to put heart into men for the coming 
week.' I wish I had put more. And when I have 
in my day, like us all, attempted to reconcile 
science and religion, one of the greatest men of 
science, who used to be a hearer in my church, 
never seemed to be interested, but when I dealt 
with the deep affairs of the soul he would come 
around in the afternoon and talk it out. — Living 



» » 

Our Poefs Corner 

Editor's Note: Mr. Sellers is a brother of Mrs. A. R. 
Black, wife of the Akron Firestone Park Brethren 
Church S. S. Superintendent, A, R. Black. Brother J. G. 
Dodds, Akron pastor, in sending in the poems says, 
"When I read these poems, it seemed to me that the 
thought and philosophy therein may be worthy of further 
reading." The Editor thinks so too, and we are passing 
them on to Evangelist readers. The shorter poem was 
written in 1953— the longer one in 1956. W. S. B. 


The little Church of long ago 

Where as a boy I sat 
With Grandpa in the Family Pew 

Me fumbling with my Hat 
How I would like to see it now 

The way I saw it then 
The straight-backed seats, the Pulpit high 

The Women and the Men 
Dressed proudly in their Sunday clothes 

And solemnly devout 
Who closed their eyes when Prayers were said 

And never looked about. 
That little Church of long ago 

It wasn't much to see 
But even as a little Boy 

It meant a lot to me. 

The seat where Grandpa used to sit 

Comes back to me again 
I hear his mellow voice once more 

The way I heard it then 
The Deacon used to pass the Plate 

And once again I see 
The people fumbling for their coins 

As glad as they could be 
To drop their Pennies on the Plate 

And I'm a Boy once more 
With my two Pennies in my Fist 

That Grandpa gave to me before 
We left the house, and once again 

I'm reaching out to try 
To drop them on the Plate before 

The Deacon passes by. 

It seems to me I'm sitting 

In that straight-backed seat awhile 
The Minister is preaching 

In that good old-fashion style 
And though I couldn't understand 

It all, somehow I know 
The Bible was the Textbook 

In that Church of long ago. 
He didn't preach on politics 

But used the Word of God 
And even now I seem to see 

The people gravely nod 
As though agreeing thoroughly 

With all he had to say 
And then I see them thanking him 
Before they go away. 

The little Church of long ago 

Was not a structure huge 
It had no hired singers 

With Lipstick or Rouge 
To get the people to attend 

*Twas just a simple place 
Where every Sunday we were told 

About God's saving grace 
No Men of wealth were gathered there 

To help it with a gift 
The only worldly thing it had 

Was a Mortgage, hard to lift. 

x'Vnd somehow, dreaming here today 

I wish that I could know 
The joy of once more sitting 

In that Church of long ago. 

— J. L. Sellers. 


I'd rather have one little rose 

From the garden of a friend 
Than have the choicest flowers 

When my stay on earth must end. 

I'd rather have one pleasant word 

In kindness said to me 
Than flattery when my heart is still 

And this life has ceased to be. 

I'd rather have a loving smile 

From folks I know like you 
Than tears shed round my casket 

When this world I bid adieu. 

So bring me all my flowers today 

Yellow, Pink, White, or Red 
For I'd rather have one blossom now 

Than a truck load when I'm dead. 

—J, L. Sellers 


(Continued from Page 7) 

to keep I'eaders informed concerning all of our mission i 
ary activity through these pages. If you will keep a rec; 
ord of them you will always know who our missionarie ; 
are, where they are, and what is being done. i 

Occasionally a request comes to our office like this , 
"Please send me all the information you can about ou j 
missionary work." You can see how difficult this is] 
since we have no publication containing this material b;' 
itself in up-to-date form. One could spend days compil 
ing material to send in answer to just one such request J 
however, if missionary pages are kept from the Breth 
ren Evangelist, this material will be available at al 
times. Will you be the one in your church to make thi 
information available to your people at all times? ] 


3BRUARY 16, 1957 




"Present Christ in the Home" is the theme for Nation- 
Family Week, May 5-12, 1957. NFW has been spon- 
red by National Sunday School Association annually 
r the past five years. Every year increased interest has 
!en shown by cooperating denominations and local 
lurches, according to Dr. Clate A. Risley, executive sec- 
tary of NSSA. More and more churches are realizing 
lat for lasting effects the home must be reached for 
[irist. Children may attend Sunday school, says Risley, 
it if youth are to attend Sunday school and church, 
irents must show^ more than nominal interest. 
Bulletin covers, post cards and posters illustrating the 
leme, "Present Christ to the Family" will be available. 
Iso a list of items to be used in observing the week 
id other miscellaneous suggestions for programing and 
'omoting National week are available. (NSSA, 542 South 
earbom St., Chicago 5, Illinois.) 


Despite favorable reaction during the test survey of 
|)0 households in a four-country area of Wisconsin last 
inter, it now appears unlikely that a religious preference 
lestion will be included in the forthcoming 1960 gen- 
ial census. 

JDr. Conrad Taeuber, a U. S. Census Bureau official, 
|iys that "there are technical difficulties in making up 
jiestions for statistical purposes." To illustrate these 
fficulties he asked, what does the phrase "regular at- 
ndance" mean? To some it might mean weekly church 
|tendance. To others, he said, it might mean once a 
ear or once a month. Another problem, Dr. Taeuber ex- 
lained, is the understanding of the word "God," which 
ay mean a number of different things to a number of 
Ifferent people. He reports that the two questions: "Do 
bu believe in God?" and "Do you attend church or syn- 
jogue regularly?" have been pretty much eliminated 
om Bureau thinking. 

If a question is included in the I960 census, Dr. Tae- 
aer indicated it would probably be the one on Church 
filiation, He added, if that question is included — and 
lie final decision isn't due for another year — it will be 
|ie first time the government has directly asked citi- 
,5ns to identify their religion. 






A number of resolutions concerning religious matters 
have been introduced in Congress. One provides that 
tuition payments to religious schools would be deductible 
from income tax on the same basis as charitable con- 
tributions. The bill was introduced by Rep. Gerald R. 
Ford (R-Mich.), at the request of the Christian Reformed 
Church which sponsors a large number of parochial 
schools. Tuition payments to religious schools, he said, 
are made in the furtherance of religion and religious 
training, and should be treated "no differently than other 
gifts made for the purpose of furthering religion." The 
bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Com- 

One member of the House of Representatives has intro- 
duced a resolution to add a twenty-third Amendment to 
the Constitution. Representative Eugene Siler of Ken- 
tucky wants the Amendment to recognize Almighty God 
as man's Creator and Jesus Christ as the Universal Sav- 
ior of mankind. Siler believes many people think the 
greatest deficiency of our present Constitution lies in its 
failure to recognize specifically God Almighty and Amer- 
ica's definite position as a great Christian nation. 

The House of Representatives has been asked to adopt 
a bill making the last week of January evei-y year a 
National Forgiveness Week. The idea is for all Amer- 
icans to "put aside feelings of ill will and turn their 
minds toward forgiveness and understanding of others." 

Concurrent resolutions have been introduced calling 
upon the Post Office Department to honor the 75th an- 
niversary of the Knights of Columbus with a commem- 
orative stamp. The measure, which is based on the social 
welfare work of the Knights of Columbus rather than 
their religious work, has received bi-partisan sponsor- 

Bills were introduced in the House of Representatives 
to designate St. Ann's Episcopal Church yard in New 
York City as a national historical shrine. (Many early 
American patriots are buried there, including Gouvemeur 
Morris, who died in 1816.) 

Other bills seek to exempt parochial school buses from 
federal excise taxes, make Good Friday a legal holiday 
or prohibit the serving of alcoholic beverages on com- 
mercial airliners. 





PKil Lersch, Youth Director 



[OT MUCH TIME LEFT NOW to make up your mind 
about coming to Ashland College Campus for 
BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS on February 22-24. I 
hope you have given this some serious thought and al- 
ready have your toothbrush in the traveling case. 

Be sure to examine Page 17 of last week's Brethren 
Evangelist. All of the things that have been planned are 
listed there, along with instructions for reservations. On 
the same date as the actual writing of this article, Feb- 
ruary 6th, Virgil Meyer and I are mailing another spe- 
cial notice to all pastors and juniors and seniors. The 
most important item in this letter will be the date that 
DATE IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19. Either send your 
reservation through your pastor or mail directly to Rev. 
Virgil Meyer or Rev. Phil Lersch, Ashland College, Ash- 
land, Ohio. Hope to see you "around the campus" for 
B. C. D. . ■ :. .; :, . . :. - 




(from article in "Brethren Youth Magazine") 

This 1957 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN is the newest 
"house on wheels" for Brethren Youth work . . . the new 
station wagon is green all over, has black tires and up-to- 
the-minute styling. It is equipped with the following 

features: heater, undercoat, turn indicators, oil filte 
wiper boosters, radio, eight cylinders, and Fordomatic. 

Delivery was made by the Topping Brothers Compan 
to Brethren Youth on Monday, January 21. This Foi 
firm offered a high trade-in on the old wagon, discoui 
for a religious organization and a good "deal" all thi 
way around. The National Brethren Youth Board authoK 
ized purchase of this new vehicle at their last meetin 
in November after they realized that the old wagon wa 
not functioning quite up to par (60,000 miles will do thj 
to any of us). 

The "Brethren Youth" name will be lettered on th 
sides and back soon and then you'll be able to spot B. 1 
workers whenever they come to your community. We ai 
glad for this addition to our work and feel that it wi' 
provide more economical transportation in the future. 


Yes, while we're speaking about the BRETHREI 
YOUTH MAGAZINE, the logical thing to present is 
request for you to subscribe this month. FEBRUARY I 

The response on subscriptions has been very encouj 
aging recently and Brethren Youth thanks you for it. I 
DECEMBER, 71 people subscribed. Then in JANUAR"5: 
94 came through with that extra dollar. WHAT WILJ 
FEBRUARY BRING? We hope it reaches up to 150 o^ 

The present issue, just off the presses, includes: 

Children's Page. 

The Science Corner 

Reports of Miami Valley Rally at Pleasant Hill 

Mulvane Christmas Party 

College Chapel Choir Trip 

Sisterhood and Brotherhood News 

Prayer Suggestions 

Park Street Senior B. Y. C. meeting 

Masontown "Youth Room" 

Report from Berlin, Pa. 

"Views on the News" by Jerry Flora 

Brethren College Days 

Phil's Philosophy 
All of these things are yours for only $1.00 per yea; 
Mail your name, address, church and $1.00 to Brethre 
Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio and you will stis 
receive this present issue. But you must act NOW! Thil 
offer is limited!!! (to those who sent a dollar). 



Begins at 3:30 E. S. T. 
Milford Brethren Church 

Speaker Bob Lemhi 

Past Vice-President of State FFA 
Subject: "Basketfuls of Forgotten Giants" 


Skating Party at Marion, Indiana 
Will include devotions, business & food, too 


CBRUARY 16, 1957 


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b); Helen Jordan 



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S[ EPHESIANS 6:11 we read "Put on the whole ar- 
mor of God" and in the following verses the writer 
[Is us of what this armour should consist — truth, 
eastplate of righteousness, gospel of peace, shield of 
ith, helmet of salvation, sword of Spirit. These ar- 
:les of armour are ones we associate with soldiers in 
I army and we are to be soldiers of Christ, but how 
uch do we act like soldiers? Soldiers bear all sorts of 
.rdships and deprivations for values of less worth than 
e kingdom of God, but many so called Christians ra- 
se to bear any burdens for Christ. They refuse to work 
'r his cause, they refuse to give the tithe for the sup- 
^rt of his work, their Bible reading and prayer are 
ioradic, and many do not even avail themselves of the 
[ivilege of regular worship. They make it worse by 
faring all sorts of excuses. I had this impressed upon 
e some time ago by a story written by Dr. Luccock, 
former professor in Yale Divinity School, about a sol- 
ar just back from Korea. 

The soldier was asked to speak in his church and 
'ter a time he said he would if the congregation would 
ng "Onward, Christian Soldiers." JThen, he told them, 
fou have been singing 

'Like a mighty army 
Moves the church of God,' 

It an army doesn't move the way a lot of you do. Im- 
fine them accepting alibis you give for not attending 
lurch. At drill you might hear 'Private Smith was out 
te last night and needed sleep. He is with you in 

" 'Brown is playing golf. He gets only one day a week 
r recreation.' 

" 'Robinson is entertaining guests today. Besides, he 
as at drill last week.' Can you imagine conversation 
te that in the army? Yet you hear it every week in 
lurch and said with a straight face. If our church really 
oved like a mighty army, a lot of you folks would be 

This story, although humorous, should make us an- 
yze our reasons for shirking our duty to God and our 
lurch. I hope this year we will "put on the whole 
■mour of God" and be true soldiers of His. 

Mrs. Cecil Bolton, Jr., 

Cameron, W. Va. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA. R. A. Lichty, in sending in 
his Evangelist subscription renewal, says, "We have been 
readers of the Evangelist through its entire existence. 
My mother was reared at Berlin, Penna., and you know 
that was the very first location the Brethren church 
paper was started." 

Brother Lichty continues to note that the Carleton 
church is participating in denominational activities, even 
though yet without a pastor, with the observance of 
Stewardship Sunday in January, with an appropriate 
program dui-ing the morning worship service and an 
offering lifted for publication interests. The S. S., W. M. 
S. and S. M. M. are functioning as auxiliaries. 

FARLOW. John Farlow, 74, a faithful and devout 
member of the Bryan Brethren Church for many years, 
was called suddenly by death, Jan. 19th. Survived by 
his wife, Mary, two sons, two daughters, five grandchil- 
dren and two great-grandchildren. Due to the pastor 
being out of the state, the undersigned, a former pastor, 
was called for the service. A relative. Rev. Donald Clark, 
Cherebusco, Ind., assisted. 

E, M. Riddle, New Paris, Ind. 

PECK. Mrs. Ada M. Peck, daughter of Irvin and Sue 
(Miller) Fike, died Dec. 25, 1956, aged 59 years. She ac- 
cepted her Lord at the age of twelve, and loved and fol- 
lowed Him faithfully to the end of her life. Sui-vived by 
her husband, Galen, one daughter, her parents and one 
brother. Services by the undersigned assisted by Rev. 
Earl Fike and Rev. Case. 

D. C. White. 

TUTTLE. Mrs. Vivian M. Tuttle, member of the Ard- 
more Brethren church, died Jan. 4th, at Melboum, Fla., 
where she had been visiting. Bom in North Liberty, Ind., 
Sept. 22, 1886. Survived by two daughters, two sons, 12 
grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters and 
one brother. Funeral service by Rev. Arthur J. Tinkel, 
pastor; interment, Mt. Pleasant cemetery. 

I Make Church atf endance a regular habit in your life. 

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February 23, 1957 

No. 8 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. The men's "Yokefellow" Ban- 
quet was held the evening of February 6th. Rabbi Harold 
Friedman of the Beth Solomon Temple in Sarasota, was 
the scheduled speaker. 

Brother Lyle Lichtenberger was the special speaker 
Sunday evening, January 27th at a service held at the 
Ohio Deluxe Trailer Court in Sarasota. 

LINWOOD, MARYLAND. Brother Bruce C. Shanholtz 
was recalled for another year as pastor, at the Church 
business meeting held recently. 

REN. Guests of the Wayne Heights church on February 
10th were the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scout Master, 
Troop Committee, Den mothers and parents. Brother 
N. V. Leatherman notes that this is the "third year this 
fine representative group from Wayne Heights" was with 
them on Boy Scout Sunday. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. A farewell dinner and program 
for Bob, Bea and Barbara Bischof, prior to their re- 
turn to Nigeria as missionaries, was held by the Louis- 
ville Brethren on February 10th. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Brother John Terrell was guest 
speaker in the Grace Gospel Missionary Alliance Church 
of Mansfield the evening of February 10th. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Brother William H. Ander- 
son reports an attendance of 103 at the recent S. M. M. 
public service, at which time. Rev. and Mrs. Homer Wil- 
son, missionaries to Africa, were guest speakers. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Brother J. D. Hamel was 
guest speaker at the Good Will Industries on Friday 
morning, February 8th. 

We note that the South Bend Sunday School classes 
are taking their turn in conducting the opening worship 
portion of the Sunday evening church services. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Brother R. K. Higgins reports 
the reception of six new members into the church on Jan- 
uary 20th. 

LOREE, INDIANA. Brother Horace Huse notes in his 
bulletin a scheduled meeting of "representatives from 
the classes, and Sunday School teachers and officers . . . 
to plan a Friendship Visitation Program as a part of our 

church's stewardship of the Gospel here in our cor| 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. On February 10th, the Ci; 
Scouts and Boy Scouts attended the Nappanee Brethri' 
services in honor of Boy Scout Sunday. 

Bates notes that their average S. S. attendance durii 
January was 220 as compared with 210 last year, ai 
200 the year before, and that their morning worship se 
vice attendance averaged 193, an increase of twelve ov 
a year ago. 

Brother Bates adds that during January three youi, 
adults made their confession of faith and were baptize' 
two young fathers came forward for rededication of lif; 
and six mothers and fathers presented their babies f' 
dedication to the Lord. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. The morning worship service ( 
February 17th was conducted by the W. M. S. as the! 
public service. 


CANTON, OHIO. Trinity Brethren. Revival Meetinj 
March 3-10— Rev. W. B. Brant, Evangelist; Rev. Robe 
L. Keplinger, Pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Hillcrest Brethren. Revival Servict! 
— February 25th through March 10th — Rev. J. D, Hamel 
Evangelist; Rev. Percy C. Miller, Pastor. 

MULVANE, KANSAS. Evangelistic Services— Mard 
11-24— Rev. John T. Byler, Evangelist; Rev. M. W 
Dodds, Pastor. 


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lAnto Him! 

'T IS WELL, more or less frequently, to make 
■ a reevaluation of the basic principles of our 
'hristian faith. Setting down in our mind and 
houghts the beliefs whereby we call ourselves 
'hristians, is not only a tonic for our soul; it is 
, guarantee against the many false doctrines 
irevalent around us. 

One of these main tenets of our faith— in fact, 
he basic one — is our belief in the vicarious death 
if Jesus Christ, the shedding of His Blood in His 
'alvary death as an atonement for the sin of 
Qen. Original sin was transgression of the law 
if God, and for this, man was eternally con- 
temned. Disobedience of God and the rejection of 
lis will has been evident in the hearts of men 
ince the garden of Eden. Where man has lifted 
limself up with pride and has purposed to work 
lut his own righteousness, he has failed. Civiliza- 
ions have risen and fallen in the strength of 
nen because man failed to take into account that 
le was under the condemnation of God. 

Early man was given opportunity to get right 
vith God — on God's terms. Man has been trying 
justify himself on his own terms — ignoring 
he pattern and plan which God has ordained. 
Vlan's course, as we note in the days of Noah, 
ed him to the place where God said that the 
maginations of his heart were evil continually. 
Ne wonder what He would say about today's cor- 
ruption, vice and open sin. The slaying of beasts 
)y a merciful God and the making of clothing out 
)f the skins for our sin-naked first parents was 
i foretaste of that which was to follow as it re- 
ates to man being reconciled to God. Abel slew 
in animal and presented it as an offering to God. 
rhere was the shedding of blood. God liked what 
le did. Here was another picture of things to 

Having organized a "people for His name," God, 
vhen that people was apart in the desert foUow- 
ng exodus from Egypt, began to give them tenets 
)f faith and practice. With the ten command- 
nents as a moral and religious code, the annual 
observance of the shedding of the blood of the 

sacrificial lamb, as observed in Egypt the night 
of departure, was established. His people were 
never to forget that they were free from bondage 
because of their obedience in having the shed 
lamb's blood sprinkled over the door posts of 
their former Egyptian homes. It is said of the 
death angel that night that when he would see 
the blood he would pass over. 

Coming now to Jesus Christ, the only begotten 
Son of God, we find that He was the world's sac- 
rificial Lamb, to be slain at the appointed hour. 
Foreordained and predestined. His flesh did recoil 
momentarily, as we note in His agony in Geth- 
semane; yet He was obedient to His Father's 
will, and of Himself willingly went to Calvary. 
What took place there we too much accept more 
or less as a matter of course in this modern day. 
What really happened on Calvary is so impor- 
tant to our salvation that had it not taken place, 
we would be destitute and lost eternally. For 
"without the shedding of blood there is no re- 
mission of sin," we also know that Christ, once 
and for all, with His own Blood, enter the holies 
of holies, making atonement for all men. 

This brings us to the place where we accept 
the Blood of Jesus Christ as the atonement 
for our sin, or we have no forgiveness, nor recon- 
ciliation with God the heavenly Father. Basically 
our faith rests on our belief and acceptance of 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and His shedding 
of His Blood on Calvary as a sacrifice acceptable 
unto God. 

No wonder then, when we read in Revelation 
1:5b and 6, "Unto him that loved us, and washed 
us from our sins in his own blood. And hath 
made us kings and priests unto God and his Fath- 
er; to him be glory and dominion for ever and 
ever," that we know we have read the words of 
heaven's theme song. The song of the true be- 
liever on earth is a song of praise "Unto Him," 
for His life-giving death on Calvary. In heaven, 
it will be the same song, with new emphasis be- 
cause we will then be seeing Him face to face. 
We will see the nail prints in His hands, the scars 
around His head, and the scarred gash near His 
heart from which flowed the blood whioh washed 
our sins away. W. S. B. 


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by Rei). J. D. Hamel 

Hpostolic Evangelism 

fessional evangelism oftentimes with an "anything 
goes" policy there come the urgency for Bible-believing 
Brethren to return to the Word of God to discover the 
true policies and methods of evangelism as outlined there. 
Evangelism has often been identified with the wildest 
of antics, and many carnal and unbiblical methods are 
often excused by the pragmatic statement that "many 
souls are being won." We who accept the Bible as the 
inspired and infallible Word of God believe that it sets 
forth the urgency of winning the lost for Christ both by 
personal and mass evangelism. We believe also that the 
Word of God is the final authority in all matters of faith 
and life. Methods of evangelism are not to be excluded 
from this. The Word then should determine our methods 
of evangelism. As one turns to the book of Acts he has 
a record of the evangelistic efforts of the early Church, 
evangelism as the Apostles lived and taught it. This is 
not to leave out of consideration the Epistles in which 
also there is considerable about evangelism, but in Acts 
is found the record of the "practice" of evangelism as 
carried out by the first century Christians. The Epistles 
are doctrinal and ethical dissertations written to the 
churches established by the missionary efforts of the 

The subject of Apostolic evangelism as found in the 
book of Acts divides itself under four heads: (1) The 
Spiritual Preparation of the Christian, (2) The Preach- 
ing of the Apostles, (3) The Methods of Evangelism, and 
(4) The Results. 


All will be agreed that there can be no successful evan- 
gelism without spiritual preparation on the part of the 
Christians. It is to be remembered that real fruitfulness 
and power in soul winning is not dependent primarily and 
first of all upon effort (this is not to excuse indiffer- 
ence), but upon the work and power of the Holy Spirit. 
"Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me . . . 
(Acts 1:8)," The Apostles preached, were bold and 
worked for God as filled with the Holy Spirit (4:8, 13). 
Likewise they were chosen for their ministry and led in 
the path of service under the guidance of the sovereign 
Spirit (Acts: 13:1-4; 16:6-9). Who will deny that there 
is a definite need for this today? Many modern Churches 
have much organization, machinery and material goods, 
but so little of the power of the Spirit of God. 

There is, however, the believer's responsibility to th 
Holy Spirit in preparation for Christian service. This re 
sponsibility is threefold. 

First, there must be fellowship with Christ. 

This is put above all intellectual preparation, althoug 
our Lord certainly deserves the best of this. Intellectuaj 
laziness should not be condoned in the ministry of thi 
Word. The best training should be obtained when pos 
sible, but it is not a substitute for fellowship with th' 
living Christ. The Jews marveled at the power and abil' 
ity of the Apostles, knowing them to be men of comi 
mon class, untrained in the schools, and they took knowl 
edge that they had been with Jesus (4:13 Greek text)' 

Second, much time was spent in prayer. 

The Apostles tarried in the upper room waiting fo 
the promise of the Father (Acts 1). Throughout the bool 
of Acts we read of prayer meetings that were frequentl;! 
held. There was much private and public prayer. i 

Third, the early Christians practiced love for the brethj 
ren. { 

One reads that "The multitude of them that believe<| 
were of one heart and of one soul" (Acts 4:32). Ther(| 
was a practice of love. I 


After the first century evangelists had been spiritually! 
prepared for their ministry the next important aspeci 
for their work was preaching, for God has ordained tha | 
through the preaching of the Word souls are to be saved' 
A marked characteristic of this preaching was that il 
was intensely Scriptural. The early Christians were noj 
so vitally interested in "sermonizing," in the moderii 
sense of the word, as they were in calling attention t( 
the sacred text and letting it speak. They expounded th( 
Scriptures, reasoning with men as to what they taugh' 
concerning Christ and His redemption. A return to th« 
Bible has always been the basis of true revival amongs 
God's people and the true evangelism of the lost. It wa; 
so in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh. 8:8); the dis 
covery of the law of the Lord brought about the revival 
under King Josiah (II Kings 22, 23). j 

Coming nearer to our own times we are aware how tha i 
in a time when the clergy wore ignorant of the Bible 
study and exposition of the Bible in the original tonguei 
by such men as Luther and Calvin was one of the cause; i 
of the Reformation. What God's Word accomplishe( j 
in other days it is still powerful to do. There is a neetj 

FEBRUARY 23, 1957 


Ito return to the Reformation — Biblical emphasis that the 
jBible as God's infallible Word gives us a real knowledge 
'of a transcendent God. Doctrine will then find its proper 
jplace in preaching. No evangelistic sermon can be truly 
evangelistic in the Biblical sense unless it is doctrinal, 
and no non-doctrinal sermon can be truly evangelistic 
In any sense of the Word. The gospel is doctrinal — 
Christ died for our sins, Christ arose, Christ is coming 
again — and to omit doctrine is to fail to preach the 
gospel. The outstanding evangelists, whom God has raised 
up, have practiced this. A mere perusal of the sermons 
af men such as Spurgeon and Moody will convince one 
of this. 

It is interesting to read through the sermons recorded 
in the book of Acts to note the doctrines which the Apos- 
tles preached to the average audience which listened to 
them. The DOCTRINE OF GOD was proclaimed. When 
Paul stood on Mars Hill to preach to the Athenian philos- 
ophers, beholding all the evidences of idolatry about him, 
he must needs preach concerning the true God. These 
Athenians could not possibly understand the gospel until 
they first knew that God was the Creator. They must 
also learn of His spirituality, fatherhood, immanence and 
justice, before they could learn of Jesus and the resur- 
rection (Acts 17:22-31). God's sovereignty (2:28; 13:48), 
and the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 5:32; 
19:1-4) were also taught. The DOCTRINE OF CHRIST 
was preached. The Apostles were so Christocentric that 
it could be said that they preached Christ (8:5). The 
central emphases were upon the death, resurrection and 
the present exaltation of Christ (Acts 2:23-36; 3:15; 
5:30, 31). It should not be forgotten that this is the 

The great DOCTRINES OF SALVATION were also 
proclaimed. Forgiveness of sins, justification and sancti- 
fication were preached in the church. (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 
10:32; 13:38, 39). One of the outstanding features of the 
preaching of D. L. Moody was his ability to present these 
great doctrines in the language of the people with simple 
and apt illustrations. 

Converts were also taught the DOCTRINES OF THE 
CHURCH (20:28). There is no true evangelism without 
the establishment of local churches, and all evangelism 
and missions should have this as an aim. The teaching 
of converts is as much a part of the great commission as 
the winning of converts, and all evangelism which is di- 
vorced from the local church is contrary to the plan and 
purpose of God. The early Christians also emphasized 
the DOCTRINE OF LAST THINGS. The Kingdom of 
God was preached, even after Acts 28:28. Coming judg- 
ment and the resurrection of the body were stressed 
(Acts 17:31; 24:15). Believers kept ever before them 
the hope of the Lord's return. This doctrine, we might 
add, has always furnished a great impetus to missions 
and evangelism. 

A word or two should be said about the application 
or invitation in the Apostolic preaching. Men were called 
upon to repent (2:38; 3:19; 11:18), to save themselves 
from a crooked generation (2:40), to be converted (3:19), 
to continue in the faith (13:22), and to be baptized 
(2:38, 8:12; 10:48). Brethren, it is in this last point that 
modem day evangelism is conspicuously lacking. The 
command to baptize is just as INCLUSIVE and BIND- 
ING as the command to win converts. The command of 

Christ is to make disciples of all nations, to baptize these 
disciples and teach them. Scriptural evangelism must 
obey all three. Any attempt to not fully carry out this 
commission on the excuse that it is sectarian is noth- 
ing short of impious disobedience. 

In the early Church ALL converts were BAPTIZED. 
At first sight the statement of Paul in I Corinthians 
1:14-16 might seem to contradict this. He wrote, "I 
thank God I baptized none of you but Crispus and Gains 
— the household of Stephanas." But this statement is 
not against baptism as such. All believers at Corinth were 
baptized, but because of the divisions in the church Paul 
was thankful he had baptized only these few lest they 
claim they were baptized in Paul's name (I Cor. 1:12, 13). 


As to the evangelistic methods of the early Church 
little need be said. The methods were simple. There was 
no reliance upon the flesh in extravagant advertising or 
imitation of the world. There was both personal and 
mass evangelism. The Apostles preached in the syna- 
gogues on the sabbath days or daily wherever a crowd 
gathered. Wherever and whenever men would listen the 
Christians were found telling forth the good news of 
Jesus and His redeeming love. Some of the most effec- 
tive work was done with individuals. After the triumph 
of Pentecost Peter was willing to spend time with in- 
dividuals in the house of Cornelius. (Acts 10). 

Philip was not unwilling to leave the villages of the 
Samaritans to speak to one man, the Ethiopian, in the 
desert (Acts 8). Paul perhaps best stated it when he said 
that he taught "publicly and from house to house" (Acts 
20:20). Thus, he ceased not to warn every one night and 
day with tears (20:31). 


In this Modem age men will inevitably ask, "Did this 
type of evangelism produce results?" It is to be remem- 
bered that although a thing is not true because it works, 
it does work because it is true. Biblical methods will be 
followed by Biblical results. We read concerning the 
power of the early Church, "And with great power gave 
the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord 
Jesus: and great grace was upon them all" (4:33). We 
read also that signs and wonders were done by the Apos- 
tles; (5:12; 14:3; 15:12; 19:6). The Bible student will 


recognize that the words "signs," and "wonders" are two 
of the three words regularly used in the New Testa- 
ment for miracles. (The third of these words is "powers," 
which indicates the source of the miracle. "Wonder" re- 
fers to its effect upon the beholder, and "sign" to its 
teaching or spiritual significance.) In other words, mir- 
acles were performed by the Apostles. These are fre- 
quently listed. They were such as bodily healing, speaking 
in tongues, prophesying, etc. Such miraculous gifts were 
bestowed upon believers by the sovereign will of the Holy 
Spirit (I Cor. 12-14 Chapters) to accompany the preach- 
ing of the gospel (Mark 16:17, 18). 

In this study we notice that there have been occasional 
miracles in every age, but Biblically miracles appear 
to cluster around four distinct periods of time. The oc- 
casional miracles which do not come within these spheres 
as such are Joshua commanding the sun to stand still, 
the return of the shadow on the sun dial of Ahaz, and 
Jonah swallowed by the sea monster. Likewise today there 
may be occasional miracles granted by God according to 
His sovereign will. The four periods of miracles, how- 
ever, are (1) the age of Moses, (2) the age of Elijah 
and Elisha, (3) the first advent of Christ and the Apos- 
tolic age, and (4) the second advent of Christ. We be- 
lieve that these were and are to be the very ages in 
which new revelation is given to man by God. 

It should also be noted that the New Testament itself 
teaches that the miraculous "gifts" are not the greatest 
of spiritual gifts (I Cor. 14:1-19), and were not abiding 
(I Cor. 13:8). 

Perhaps the greatest result of the Apostolic evangel- 
"The Lord added to the church daily such as should be 
saved" (Acts 2:47). This was the Lord's doing and mar- 
velous in our eyes. It was not so many raised their hands 
in a public meeting, but that "believers were the more 
added to the Lord" (Acts 5:14). And this was all the 
more glorious since it was not sought as an end in itself, 
but unto the glory of God. And, being added to the Lord, 
such believers were added to the church. 

Evangelism is the presentation of Jesus Christ so 
that by the power of the Holy Spirit men shall come to 
put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as 
their Saviour from the guilt and power of sin, and to 
serve Him in the fellowship of the church and to fol- 


low Him in the vocations of the common life. Jesus cam 
that people "may have life and may have it abundantly., 
Brethren, let us arise in the Majesty of God's strength! 
Let us press on . . . one in purpose, bold in action, sv! 
preme in faith and quenchless in zeal. The new man, th 
new nation and the new world are to be bought wit' 
a price, yes, the price of consecrated personality. ARJi 

— South Bend, Indiana, i 



To logically-minded people, figures present th 
truth in a form which cannot be gainsaid. Ex 
amine these and draw your own conclusions: 

1,500,000,000 live on the earth. 
50,000,000 die every year. 
136,986 die every day. 
5,707 die every hour. 
95 die every minute. 
3 die every other second. 

Take into consideration these facts: 

The average duration of life is 33 years. 

One-quarter of the earth's people die befori 
the seventh year. 

One-half of the earth's people die before th^ 
seventeenth year. 

Out of every 1,000 only one reaches 100 years 

Out of every 100, only six reach 65 years. 

Not more than one in 500 reach the eightietl 
year. j 

These facts ought to stir Christians every' 
where, so that they might say with the Apostl 
Paul, "... I am made all things to all men, tha 
I might by all means save some."- i 


to the 


this month. 

$ 7,500 — Superannuated Ministers' Fund 
27,500 — Brethren's Home 

$35,000 — Total needed this year 

'EBRUARY 23, 1957 



30 College Ave, Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Stcj. 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistinl 


which were the worst the residents of the area could 
emember, a group of young people from Ashland — 
lick Allison, Jim Decker, Charles and Roberta Low- 
laster — set out for Krypton to give Margaret Lowery 

hand in the "digging out" task. They took a car loaded 
dth clothing, bedding, medicine and food. 

Although the flood did not damage Margaret's house 
xtensively, it wrought considerable havoc to the cot- 
age where she keeps her office, destroying and carry- 
ng away quantities of her equipment, school supplies, 
eaching materials, etc., some of which are absolutely 

Margaret says the immediate needs are for clothing 
nd household furnishings — some whole houses were 
/ashed away, leaving many destitute. She asks for our 
irayers for health and strength to improve things as 
apidly as possible, and — with characteristic buoyancy 
f spirit — she adds, "Don't worry about us; I can still 
augh, but perhaps not as heartily as previously." (God 
tuts pretty wonderful stuff into the hearts of some of 
lis helpers, doesn't He?) 

Dorman and Joan Ronk were at Krypton at the time 
if the flood and helped tremendously in the reconstruc- 
ion work also. 

The medicine, which is always so badly needed follow- 
ng flood disasters, was supplied in large part by Mr. 
nd Mrs. Howard Clement of Ashland. Mr. Clement has 
or the past several years supplied Margaret with great 
[uantities of medicine for her work among the people 
n that area. The Missionary Board certainly appreciates 
heir generous help, as does Margaret who depends 
ipon it so much in caring for the sick. 

More Good Samaritans Welcome 

If others find it possible to go to Krypton to help Mar- 
i;aret in the Herculean task of reconstruction, get in 
louch with her or with the Missionary Board before 
i^oing; thus provision can be made for accommodations 
nd to avoid duplication of effort, etc. 


General Secretary Berkshire is meeting with Architect 
)rus Eash and the Sarasota Church people this week in 
n effort to complete plans for the new church building. 

After being approved by the Missionary Board, prelim- 
nary plans, drawn by Mr. Eash were submitted to the 
Sarasota brethren, who requested several revisions. Now 
ir. Eash has made the changes in his original plans, 
nd as soon as an agreement is reached among these 
•arties, the building may begin. 

Receipts from the TEN DOLLAR CLUB thus far total 
)14,700 — that includes all gifts sent for Sarasota and 
wo Ten Dollar Club calls. Not all members who re- 

ceived notices have yet responded. If you are a member 
and have not sent in your ten dollars yet, please do so 
promptly in order that this new church may be built. 

Remember — you are not limited to a ten-dollar gift, 
should you care to give more. Ten dollars is just the be- 

Remember also — our goal is 2,000 Ten Dollar Club 
members. Thus far the total membership is 761. Some of 
our churches are trying hard to increase the number. Is 
yours one of them ? Those churches having the largest 
Ten Dollar Club membership are as follows: 

Nappanee, Indiana 37 members 

Dayton, Ohio 35 members 

Milledgeville, Illinois 34 members 

Ashland, Ohio 29 members 

Berlin, Pennsylvania 28 members 



Since the Bischofs have left the Missionary home in 
Ashland, John, Regina and Susan Rowsey will be m.ov- 
ing in soon. They will remain until all arrangements 
are complete for their sailing to Argentina. 

The Rowseys have finished a semester of study in the 
Spanish language and various missionary courses at Ken- 
nedy School of Missions at Hartford Seminary. They 
have taken their physical and psychological tests and 
are approved for their work; however, legal procedures 
move slowly in Argentina, and we must wait patiently 
for the necessary entrance papers, passports, visas, etc. 
We hope the Rowseys will be on their way within the 
next few months; meanwhile, Ashland is proud to num- 
ber them among her residents. 


Berkshire hopes to visit Krypton and Lost Creek 
shortly after his return from Sarasota — possibly the last 
week in February or soon thereafter. 


Word from Reverend W. S. Crick indicates that prog- 
ress is being made in our church at Newark. This fine 
pastor reports that "four of our young people accepted 
Christ; two are from new families and all four have 
been regular attendants for several months." We are 
happy for this fine evidence of growth in the Newark 
Church. We are confident that these splendid people and 
their consecrated pastor are going to keep the church 
working and growing. 







Iby iKeVo Oo Fraincis JDerksJiire 


THE PASTOR was sitting in his study when the phone 
rang. An elderly lady spoke kindly and softly, "Pas- 
tor, I need your help. Would you be so kind as to come 
over sometime soon?" The Pastor replied that he would 
kindly come over immediately. 

When the Pastor arrived at the home of the kind old 
lady he soon leai'ned of her problem. She had lost her 
birth certificate. "But if you can verify the date of my 
baptism, they will accept it in lieu of my birth cer- 
tificate. This," she said, "along with an affidavit of my 
signature to the truth of my birth date will help me get 
my " 

The Pastor left her home and determined to help her. 
She was worthy of this financial help. First, he phoned 
the Church Secretary and a search was made of the 
church records. No such name (maiden or married) ap- 
peared on these records. The Secretary informed the 
Pastor that these were the only records in his possession. 
These were the only records he had received when he 
assumed office. The first date which had been entered 
in the present Secretary's book was that of 1905. Mrs. 
's baptism preceded 1905. But where was the rec- 
ord book that contained her name and date of baptism ? 

In desperation the Pastor began to wonder who had 
any older church records. And after making the rounds 
of the older church members and former Secretaries, and 
having enquired of the whereabouts of older church rec- 
ords, the Pastor was reminded of the parlor game, "But- 
ton, Button, Who's Got The Button?" 

Church and Sunday School records are of more value 
than one presumes. Yet, it has been known that minis- 
ters and secretaries have dismissed church records via 

Both the making of records and the keeping of records 
for use in future years is of great value to the local 
congregation. Baptismal records, records of membership 
transfers, records of marriages, records of funerals, 
records of active and inactive members, and local church 
history records are of prime importance as reference 
material. None of these which have been listed should 
be in error; they should be kept with accuracy. Every 
Pastor and every lay member, whose duty it is to keep 
records, should diligently and accurately perform his 

The making and keeping of records serves both pastor 
and congregation. Where there are no records, or inade- 
quate records, the work of the local church suffers. Any 
good business enterprise depends on adequate and well 
kept records of its transactions. The local church can- 

not afford to do less! Most of all, no record should b« 
destroyed via bonfire! 

When a minister goes to a new field and finds tha 
his predecessor has left no records, or inadequate rec 
ords, the new minister may not be able to perform i 
continuing ministry to his new congregation. Rather, h( 
must spend time in research for facts and figures whicl 
are pertinent to his new charge. When the records arc 
at hand, he can perform a continuing ministry. Tht 
change of ministers in the local church does not permi 
an abrupt period and long hours of orientation wher 
records are compiled accurately and left by the formei 
pastor upon leaving a church field. 

Church officers whose duty it is to keep records shoulc 
be instructed to surrender all official records to his sue 
cessor. He should also be instructed to deposit com 
pleted record books in the church library or whereve: 
they may be kept securely. 

Upon entering a new church field, what records shoulc 
be available to the new pastor for an efficient, continuing 
ministry to his new congregation? Here is a brief lisl 
of such records that will be of help for a continuing 


1. Official membership record. . . . active and inactiv« 

2. Baptismal records 

3. Copy of the current budget 

4. Records of membership transfers 

5. History of the local congregation 

6. Records of funerals 

7. Indication as to the location of official church pa" 
pers, where may be found. . . .deeds. . . .titles. . . .etc 

8. List of boards and committees 

9. Master list of all organizations 

10. Schedule of stated meetings. .. .weekly monthi} 

11. Membership address file 

12. Record of Memorial Gifts 

13. List of subscribers of the official church paper 

14. Officers and teachers of the Sunday School 

The local church is the direct beneficiary as the result| 
of making and keeping good records. Newly elected offi- 
cers, the newly called pastor, and the man in the pew 
may work together more harmoniously and efficientlj 
when records are well kept. The man in the pew has as 
much responsibility in the matter of making and pre- 
serving church records as the pastor. 


FEBRUARY 23, 1957 




Some time has elapsed since our last report to the 
Jrethren Evangelist readers of the work in Akron, Ohio. 
Dhe work here is still going forward — we hope to greater 
md nobler victories in the future. Our Theme for the 
/-ear 1955 was "Building Up the Church," — for 1956, 
'Spiritual Development through Christian Co-operation," 
—and now for the year 1957 our Theme is "Church 
Growth through Enthusiastic Christian Activity in Pro- 
jram Promotion." 

In the Fall of 1956, Rev. L. V. King held a two-weeks 
Revival campaign for us. Then in the Spring of 1957 
Rev. John Byler devoted two weeks to the work in Akron 
:rom his busy building program at New Lebanan, Ohio. 
; am sure that both of these meetings were of great 
/alue to this church — in helping to solve problems and 
jiving impetus to the forward progress of the work. 

During the months of October, November and Decem- 
ber we had for our mid-week Bible study a series of 
studies on Stewardship as a forerunner and preparation 
;or the Cross Country Conference. Both were well at- 
;ended. The largest attendance for the Cross Country 
;!onference was 35 on the second night. The average at- 
;endance was 24. The minister and the church clerk 
(Mrs. Vera McGraw) gave the instruction on Wednes- 
lay night; our Financial Secretary, Elbert Wallace, gave 
;he instruction on Thursday night — including playlet; 
;hen Friday night the minister again gave the instruc- 
;ion. The Sunday following the Cross Country Conference 
1 Gospel Team from Ashland College was with us to con- 
duct morning and evening services. The inspiration re- 
ceived from them is still manifest. Thus the closing mes- 
sage on Stewardship to climax the Cross Country Con- 
ference was given on the next succeeding Sunday morn- 

I Four first time confessions have been made since Jan- 
uary 1st — three have been baptised at this writing, and 
the fourth will have been baptised before this report is 
read by the brotherhood. 

A Junior Choir has been organized. They gave their 
first appearance in the main Sanctuary Sunday morning 
January 13 — and are now preparing to be the Choir of 
JEaster Sunday morning. Sunday evening, February 3rd, 
ja Cuyahoga Falls church "Crusader Choir" came to our 
jchurch and conducted the worship service. Under the di- 
rection of Mr. Cole, the Choir sang several anthems — 
their appearance was an inspiration to all present, 
i Our W. M. S. keeps busy — regular meetings on first 
Thursday every month — work-day every two weeks (all 

day Wednesday), -quilting, counting stamps, packing cloth- 
ing for missions, etc. Official Board Public Service Jan- 
uary 6th, Boys Brotherhood Public Service February 10th, 
and the S. M. M. Public Service will be given March 
3rd. The Official Board has adopted a program of study 
and research — each member of the Board was assigned 
one phase of the work of the church (no two being given 
the same topic) foi- study and research and to report his 
findings with ideas, suggestions, and recommendations 
to be acted upon by the Board and put in operation: for 
example — one was given "Education Department" another 
was given "Publicity Department," another "Music" — 
"Visitation" — etc. From this "Study and Research Pro- 
gram" we anticipate much fruitage. 

We pray for all other churches of the Brotherhood and 
especially for church extension. One Brethren family, iso- 
lated from the Brethren Church, ought to be the begin- 
ning of a new Brethren Church. Why not? 

J. G. Dodds. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 

DIGITALIS is a drug compounded from the dried 
leaves of the plant known as foxglove, and is used 
in the treatment of heart afflictions. 

A visitor for some Christian organization was visit- 
ing an old lady who had been sick for many weeks, and 
was bedfast. As the visitor was about to leave the old 
lady remarked, "Twenty-five years ago one of your pre- 
decessors came to see me during a similar illness. As 
he left he said, Remember, corners of your mouth 
turned up!' I've tried to live up to that ever since. You 
know, sickness is a great tonic. It gives one time to 

Someone once remarked, "There are no happy, sinful, 
old men." The Christian is the only person who really 
has the right to be happy. The world has its songs of 
merriment, but they do not contribute to peace and satis- 
faction and contentment. The other morning I tuned in 
the radio to see what the performers on the various pro- 
grams would have to offer. The very first voice that 
came through was that of some man trying to see how 
rapidly he could utter the words of a familiar song. 
I wondered that he did not get a cramp in his tongue as 
he endeavored to see how fast he could twist it around 
the words of the song. He was parodying the words of 
the song and it was neither funny nor enlightening. 

James admonishes, "Is any merry? let him sing 
psalms." You will note that James recommends the sing- 
ing of psalms (the hymns of the early Christians). 
Doubtless there were ribald songs of that day as well 
as of ours; but they were not mentioned. Merriment and 
laughter are the Christian's digitalis. And the old world 
so much needs the genuine joy that Jesus came to give, 
who came that our joy "might be full." 



Chaplain Eugene X Beekley 
relates highlights of a year*s duty^ 



Editor's Note: Air Force Chaplain, Captain Eugene J. 
Beekley, at the request of the Editor, has provided the 
accompanying article, along with the pictures taken while 
he was on a year of duty in Korea. Captain Beekley, 
along with his wife and children, is now located at Platts- 
burgh Air Force Base, New York. 

TN RESPONSE to the many questions of my work 
in Korea and my experiences with the mission- 
aries and orphanages over there, I will try to tell 
the readers of the Brethren Evangelist a little 
about my tour in Korea, with words and pictures. 

Our Chapel at the Air Base near Kunsan, Korea 
was built by combining several Quanset huts and 


OUR COVER PICTURE shows the church and a por- 
tion of the adjoining school as built with GI help. Pic- 
tured are: Captain Beekley, Rev. Fails Koo Son and fam- 

PICTURE at the top of this page shows the interior 
of the Kunsan Air Base Chapel after remodeling in the 
Spring of 1956. 

had a seating capacity of 285. We were fortunate 
to have a piano, pump organ and small electric 
organ. We had a fine choir, made up of enlisted 
men, officers and Korean girls who worked on the 
Base. Our services were broadcast every Sunday 
morning, and I also had a radio program every 
morning at 7:55 A. M. and Saturday night at 10 
P. M. Many of the missionaries for miles around! 
remarked to me about our radio programs. Toj 
them it was like hearing from home. | 

Many of our boys who do not go to church at 
home find their way to the Chapel when overseas, 
and many of them, regardless of their particular 
faith, helped in our building and repairing of local j 
churches and orphanages. i 

The snow in Korea at our Base was never deep,* 
for the Siberian winds did not give it a chance to 
land. However, it was very cold. We had oil heati 
at the Base, but many of the Korean people had no 
heat at all. This is one of the reasons why it is 
so important that we continue to send our good 
used clothing to the needy Christians of Korea. 
One of the big projects of our Chaplain's fund,; 
which was money received in our Sunday off'er- 

F'EBRUARY 23, 1957 


SCHOOL erected with GI help at Kunsan Air Force 
Jase in its winter setting. The snow at the Base never 
;ets deep, but the weather was often very cold and many 
>f the Korean people had no heat at all. 

ngs, was to buy a rice paddy for Mrs. Park Im 
>oon, native missionary, and her two orphanages. 
Vltogether, she had about 200 children and help- 
ers, and it was my privilege to cut the first rice 
)f the first crop from the rice paddy that we pur- 
;hased for her. We had a little ceremony and it 
vas tape-recorded and later broadcast over the 

Just before leaving Korea in December, it was 
ny privilege to distribute over a thousand dollars 
n cash and food, including $300.00 which was 
ised by the Salvation Army Orphanage to pur- 
phase ground to raise vegetables. The 140 boys in 
[his orphanage will learn gardening and at the 
liame time raise their own food. The Salvation 
!\.rmy orphanage boys are all war refugees and 
ifradually some of them are being re-united with 
[heir families. 

j Ground in Korea is purchased in a six foot 
square, called a "Pyong," at a cost of $1.20 per 
)yong, so the Salvation Army orphanage will have 
•I large field this spring to raise vegetables. 

I Another of my pleasant tasks as a part of the 
jUr Force Chaplains humanitarian and public re- 
lations program, was the distribution of surplus 
jereal from the Base mess halls to the orphanages. 
I first used a jeep and trailer for delivery, but my 
bads were too large so I began to use the truck 
pictured here, and at least once or twice a month 
took a load of cereal, powdered milk, soda crack- 

ers and any other surplus food that the mess hall 
Sergeant could spare. On one trip I arrived at an 
orphanage that housed many small babies and 
little children, just two days after they had run 
out of rice. Needless to say, they were very happy 
for this gift of state-side "Chop Chop," as they 
call it. 

The Koreans live mostly on rice, fish and "Kimp- 
shee," a mixture of vegetables aged in the ground 
with salt and pepper, and which is too hot for an 
American to eat. In fact, sanitary methods exclude 
any possibility of Americans eating any of their 

I picked up a good bit of their language while 
there and became acquainted with nearly all the 
pastors of Kunsan, as well as American, Dutch, 
Swedish and Canadian missionaries working in 
and around Kunsan. Their work flourishes, for the 
people are hungry for the gospel. One church in 
Kunsan was actually built on the site of a Buddhist 
Temple, with cement and materials provided by 
military personnel. 

r '■-> 

CUTTING OF FIRST RICE from rice paddy purchased 
for a baby orphanage from the Protestant Chaplain 
Fund. Captain Beekley, second from left, had the privi- 
lege of cutting the first rice of the first crop from the 
rice paddy. 

There are over 20 churches in Kunsan and not 
one Buddhist Temple remains inside the city. 
However, I did visit two Buddhist Temples near 
the city, and one Buddhist orphanage. 

The Christian people of Korea all walk to church 
very early and all carry their Bibles and hymn 
books. The Mamasans and babies sit on the floor 
on one side of the church and the Papasans sit on 



the other side, also on the floor. Of course every- 
one leaves their shoes by the entrance. 

One young Korean boy that was working his 
way through school, served as my interpreter and 
with his help I was able to preach in many of 
their churches. When I had off -Base preaching en- 
gagements, I would take a convoy of jeeps and 
trucks and many of the G. I.'s would go along and 
greatly enjoy the experience of worshipping in a 
Korean church, in spite of the mosquitos in the 
summer and the cold floors in the winter. I as- 
sisted one pastor in a lake baptism. 

Eighty per cent of South Korea is considered to 
be Christian and actually, the work of the mis- 
sionaries is not too difficult, for the people are 
anxious and willing to do anything to help a 
*'Moxanim," or minister. 

I want to thank those in the Brethren Church 
that sent money and clothing to me for distribu- 
tion among the needy. The orphanages still need 
clothing, especially baby clothing, and clothing for 

little girls. In the Korean way of life, only thtl 
boys are important and in many cases the little > 
girls are neglected. If any of the readers of thcj 
Brethren Evangelist would still wish to send cloth' 
ing there, I would appreciate it very much if yoi^i 
would send boxed clothing o/o Protestant Chap-i 
Iain's Office, APO 64, San Francisco, Calif. If yoijj 
would put a note in the box indicating that thej 
clothing was for Mrs. Park Im Soon, she will dis! 
tribute it among the orphanage babies. If youi| 
name and address is enclosed, she will write yoiij 
a letter of thanks and appreciation. Whatever yoi! 
send her will go a long ways, for they wear every ' 
thing as long as it can possibly be worn. 

Now we are back and settled in the North Coun-j 
try at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York 
state. We will look forward to renewing our friend- j 
ships with all of you at General Conference al| 
Ashland in August. 

P.O. Box 136 
Peru, New York 

a truck load of surplus cer- 
eal from the Base mess halls, 
which he is about to deliver 
to children's orphanages. 
Korean orphans call this 
state-side cereal by the name 
of "Chop Chop." Distribution 
of surplus food is a part of 
the Air Force Chaplains hu- 
manitarian and public rela- 
tions program. 

PEBRUARY 23, 1957 




of the 



Third Brethren Church, 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

November 30, 1956 

HEREWITH we present two pictures of the final 
gathering of the Cambria County Brethren Chris- 
ian Endeavor Union, the disbanding of which after 30 
^ears of operation, we reported in the January 19th 
ssue of the Evangelist. 

TP '-^?^^^ 


istmas table with pictures of Kentucky and all the 

Close of Meeting: A Friendship Circle with Prayer and 

This meeting, held on November 30, 1956, in the Third 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was in the 
form of the annual "Fun Night," and was attended by 
representatives from all but one of the original churches 
making up the Union. 

Lois Howard writes: "The main purpose of the meet- 
ing was to bring gifts for others, instead of ourselves. 
Each one brought a gift or gifts for the Lost Creek Mis- 
sion School, for both boys and girls, marked what ages. 
These were all boxed and mailed to Lost Creek in time 
for Christmas. 

"We played games and had a light lunch, too, as a 
Christmas party. 

"We had our last business session and program of our 
County C. E." 




IPrayer fjfleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmef 


It was a joyful morning, long ago, 
When in the new, rebuilt Jerusalem — 
Jerusalem no longer razed and low — 
The Jewish people's leader spoke to them: 
Ezra stood up where all could hear and see, 
Then, opening the Book, he read as one 
Appointed, and the people thirstily 
Heard what they long had missed in Babylon. 

And still that thirst is with men — thirst to hear 

The Word of God, as did those men of yore; 

Surely for us, of this atomic year. 

There is a thirst for draught superior: 

For always and forever, and place. 

The Living Gospel is the drink of grace! 

— Kathryn Wright. 

as the Bereans (Acts 17:11). We have been warned 
of a so-called Bible study that is worse than unprofit- 
able, — in fact, injurious (2 Peter 3:16, 17). Other books 
are men's books, but the Bible is God's Book (1 Thess. 
2:13). Yet some teachers sit in judgment on God's Word 
as though it were the word of erring men or even folk- 
lore and myth (2 Tim. 3:7, 8), After they have dis- 
carded what they think is untrue, they are not sure that 
the reminder is true (Jer. 36:23). Then there are those 
teachers who adulterate or "corrupt" the Word of God 
(2 Cor. 2:17). There are some who read into the Word 
their own pre-conceived ideas (2 Cor. 4:1-4). Even Satan 
undertook to instruct Christ (Matt. 4:5-7). There is an 
immense quantity of Devil-inspired teaching in this our 
day (Titus 2:1; 3:7, 8). We can know the Truth if we 
want to know it (2 Tim. 2:15; Isaiah 8:20). 

The way to understand the Bible is not through tra- 
dition (Mark 7:13). Neither is it through church hier- 
archy (Matt. 23:9, 10), We are to "search the Scrip- 
tures" ourselves (John 5:39). We are to do what the 
Scriptures tell us to do (James 1:22). It is then that we 
"shall know of the teaching" (John 7:17). We are to 
digest what we read (Jer. 15:16). The "blessed man" 
meditated on the Word of God (Psalm 3:1-3). His 
"words" are to "abide" in us (John 15:7). His words, 
treasured in our hearts are a preventive against sin 
(Psalm 119:11). His words kept, mean that we love God 
and that the Father and the Son love us (John 14:21). 
His words kept, mean that the Father and the Son make 
their "abode" with us (John 14:23). Our motto should 
be. "The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing But the 
Bible" (Luke 24:27). Abraham "believed God" (Gen. 
15:6). "God . . . cannot lie" (Titus 1:2). Beside having 
faith, let us study prayerfully (Psalm 119:18). Let the 
Holy Spirit be our Teacher (1 Cor. 2:14). Let us remem- 

ber that the promise is not to "the wise and prudent' i 
in worldly wisdom (Matt. 11:25). : 

Men tear the old faith into fragments, I 

And build, on the truth they deny, 
Strange towers of fancy and fable. 

And deem they can mount to the sky. 
Away with "New Thought" and "New Knowledge" 

That voice the old lies of the past; 
That only perplex and bewilder. 

To leave us in doubt at the last. 

To Thee, the Life-Bringer, Life-Giver, — 

To Thee, the one Truth, the one Way, ! 

The Dne Light that lightens our darkness, 

The one God Who hears when we pray; 
Who looseth the chains of the captives. 

And setteth the prisoners free; 
O Jesus, Thou Son of the Father, 

To whom shall we go, but to Thee? 

— Annie Johnson Flint. 



William H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 3, 1957 

Lesson: Matthew 16:13-27 I 

TODAY, THE WORLD of unbelieving men and womer, 
tries to ignore Jesus Christ. It cannot be done i 
Everyone who has ever heard of Christ must make £; 
decision conceraing Him. Three important questions aboulj 
Jesus Christ loom before us. I 


This man they call Christ — what do you say aboul 
Him? The disciples were asked this question by oui 
Lord. I 

"And they said. Some say that Thou art John th(| 
Baptist." Was this not complimentary? The influence oJ| 
John was felt in all Palestine. He had baptized manji 
unto "the remission of sins." Bold and fearless for Godj 
John had finally suffered death at the hands of wickec 
Herod rather than compromise. BUT JESUS CHRIST; 

"Some say that Thou art . . . Elias." Surely Elijah] 
was a true Man of God! He could fearlessly face thf| 
wrath of kings; he could humbly walk with common men j 
The power of Jehovah God assuredly rested upon him : 
for he performed many wonderful miracles. BUT JESUS 

"Some say that Thou art . . . Jeremias." The weeping 
compassionate prophet! The tender leader for God's peo- 
ple! Jeremiah was indeed a worthy example to follow 

What do YOU say of Christ? What does He mean tcf 
YOU? Was He simply another great man of history'! 

FEBRUARY 23, 1957 


Do you look upon Him as a profound teacher? As a 
worker of miracles? As a leader of men? As the founder 
of another religion. It matters greatly what YOU think 
of Jesus Christ I 


Simon Peter had heard this man teach and preach. He 
had watched closely the countless miracles wrought upon 
suffering humanity. Peter, therefore, could say with con- 
fidence and assurance: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of 
the living God." 


DO! Jesus must be the Christ, God's Anointed One! He 

must be the only begotten Son of the living God! If He 

is not all this — and more — He cannot be your Saviour! 


"If any man wants to be My disciple," said Jesus, "he 
must say 'No' to self, put his cross on his shoulder, and 
keep on following Me" (Wms. — Matt. 16:24). 

Whosoever will obey these words of Christ, will save 
his soul. "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain 
the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall 
a man give in exchange for his soul?" 


"What the hand is to the lute; 
What the breath is to the flute; 
What the fragrance is to the smell; 
What the spring is to the well; 
What the flower is to the bee — 

That is Jesus Christ to me. 
What's the mother to the child; 
What's the guide in pathless wild; 
What is oil to troubled wave; 
What is ransom to the slave; 
What is water to the sea — 
[ That is Jesus Christ to me. 

— C. H. Spurgeon. 


Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 


rpHE USE OF FILMSTRIPS in the religious field is 
j X growing by leaps and bounds — especially in the realm 

!'f the Sunday school classroom. 
Every Sunday school has its top-notch teachers; its 
eachers with average ability; and unfortunately but ad- 
jnittedly true, its teachers who are a little below par. 
fi-s the classroom use of filmstrips may be a boon to the 
poor teacher, it is also a decided asset to the good teach- 
br as well. 

! All Sunday school classes have at least one "tyrant" 
Who not only refuses to pay attention but also distracts 
the other pupils and the teacher. While not a cure-all in 
such situations, the filmstrip does catch his attention 
md channel his thinking as he watches the changing 
pictures and hears the script being narrated. Both his 

eyes and his eais are busy and the impressions received 
are stronger, more vivid, and more lasting. 

An actual example related by a teacher was that on 
one occasion she had a "little rebel" jump to his feet 
and start firing from an imaginary gun at camels ap- 
pearing in the first frame of a filmstrip. After two more 
frames he had settled down and became just as en- 
grossed as any of the others in the visual lesson xm- 
folding on the screen. 

Every one is familiar with the proverbial man who 
built a better mousetrap and people beat a path to his 
door. Just so with the consistent use of filmstrips: 
classes will grow in numbers and interest. Filmstrips 
will be the beginning of stimulating problem-solving dis- 
cussions. Regulars will look forward to the next lesson 
partially taught with a filmstrip. Their enthusiasm for 
this fascinating new way of presenting the lesson will 
spread to their friends during the week. 

Sunday school teachers using filmstrips along with 
other proved materials and methods are finding prepar- 
ing and presenting the lessons no more difficult and twice 
as much fun. Because it is unnecessary to darken the 
usual classroom, the filmstrip may be shown at any time 
during the class period with but slight concern regard- 
ing lighting or seating arrangement. A filmstrip projector 
is inexpensive, light-weight, and so easy to operate that 
one of the pupils can run it. With scores of religious 
filmstrips covering a wide range of biblical subjects, it 
is not difficult to find just the one to fit any lesson or 

Like the rod in the hand of Moses, perhaps great mir- 
acles may be wrought with this most effectual new teach- 
ing tool within our grasp. — (Reprinted) 


There are many today who will tell you they 
have no time to pray. One may say his business 
is so pressing that he cannot call his family 
around him and ask God to bless them. He is 
so busy that he cannot kneel and ask God to 
keep him and them from the temptations of the 

I am reminded of the words of an old minister 
whose answer to such an one went something like 
this: "If you have so much business to attend 
to that you have no time to pray, depend upon 
it that you have more business on hand than 
God ever intended you should have." 

But let us look at Daniel. He had nearly the 
whole of the king's business to attend to. He 
was prime minister, secretary of state, secretary 
of the treasury, secretary of the interior — one 
in all. He had to attend to all his own work and 
then give an eye to the work of a lot of other 
men — and yet, he had time to pray: not just 
now and then, not just once a day; not just when 
he happened to have a few moments to spare — 
but "three times a day!" — Moody Monthly. 



Young Men's and Boys' 
Brotherhood Program 

Percy C. Miller — Topic Editor 
Month of March 


1. "BLESSED ARE . . . "—Matt. 5:1-11. 

One thing that is often overlooked in considering this 
passage of Scripture is the meaning of the word "blessed." 
Many times we have read that it has the same meaning 
as happiness. But blessed means more than happiness. 
Happiness is brought about by earthly things. Blessed- 
ness is from God. It is interesting to note that each state 
of blessedness is followed by a "for they shall." 

It is heartbreaking to see the mad rush in search of 
happiness that goes on in so many lives today. How im- 
portant it is that we point them to the true way of 
happiness — or blessedness. Blessed are those who seek 
God for they will never miss happiness. 

2. "YOU HAVE HEARD"— Matt. 5:21-26. 

How much we need today to remind ourselves of the 
change Jesus made in the old law. To murder a fellow 
man was unlawful for the Jew, but for a Christian to 
become angry and hate a fellow man is just as sinful. 
Have we many times been guilty of murder according to 
Jesus' standards? Our thoughts and words need a very 
close watch lest we commit a grave sin unknowingly. 

There is no physical illness more harmful, no fever 
more consuming, no pain more weakening than that 
which is brought about by anger and hatred. He who is 
controlled by hate suffers much more than the hated 
one. To pray for the one vv^ho would hate is the answer 
for this spiritual illness. 

3. LOVE YOUR ENEMIES— Matt. 5:43-48. 

This addition to the old law must have shocked and 
irritated the Jews. They had considered it in no way 
wrong to hate their enemies. Now Jesus comes with a 
strange new code which turns everything upside down. 
Jesus even shed new light upon who is our neighbor: 
anyone who needs our help. 

How can we expect to be the children of our Father 
if we do not have His spirit? He loves everyone and 
expects us to do likewise. Does He not treat all men 
alike; sending rain and sun upon those who love and 
ser\'e Him as well as upon those who do not? It was 
hard for the Jews to accept such a new way of living, 
but don't we find it hard to follow it, too? 

4. BE NOT ANXIOUS— Matt. 6:25-34. 

If there is any teaching against Christians worrying 
it can surely be found in these verses of Scripture. While 
God expects us to be concerned about our needs and to 
provide for them, yet He does not want us to fret and 
worry over such things. Especially is it foolish, as well 
as sinful, to won-y about things over which we have no 
control. There is great comfort found in this thirty-third 
verse. What more could one want than the assurance 
given there ? Often people wonder why they do not have 

all the blessings of life which God has promised their' 
The reason is very plain! Jesus says, "But seek ye firs 
the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all thesi 
things shall be added unto you." 

5. JUDGE NOT— Matt. 7:1-5. 

This is perhaps one of the most needed admonition) 
in the Bible. The Lord is not referring to the civil judg 
ment of the courts nor to the right of the church t 
judge one who does not walk as he should. Jesus i 
warning us against condemning a person for those sam 
faults which we ourselves possess. We are to' be char 
itable toward our brother in Christ. We are not to con 
done sin, but certainly we must not be fault-findinj 
uncharitable, or harsh in our attitudes. 

6. HEARING AND DOING— Matt. 7:21-29. 

In a poem by H. R. Trickett we read that he wh 
builds on the sand is just a hearer but the man wh 
builds on the firm rock is both a hearer and a doer. Jesus 
listeners were astonished at His words that day, bu 
we today find it equally as hard to accept and compl; 
with His teachings. There is a danger that we ourselve 
might be in that class who ci-y "Lord, Lord," only to b 
told, "I never knew you." Can we imagine how terrible i 
would be to stand before the Lord and hear those word 
spoken to us ? There is only one reason why He could sa; 
that. It could be put, "You never knew me." For i 
we truly know Him, we will be not only hearers bu 
doers! To know Him is to love and serve Him. 



Is there some problem in your life to solve, 
Some passage, seeming full of mystery? 
God knows; who brings the hidden things to light 
He keeps the key. 

Is there some door closed by the Father's hand! 

Which widely opened you had hoped to see? 1 

Trust God and wait; for when He shuts the doo:' 

He keeps the key. I 

Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet? , 

Or answered not as you had thought 'twould 


God will make clear His purpose by and by. L 

He keeps the key. fl 

Have patience with your God, your patient Godjj 
All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He. | 
And of the door of all thy future life 
He keeps the key. 

Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest! 

To know of every door He keeps the key. 
That He at last when just He sees 'tis best, 

Will give it thee. Sel. 

FEBRUARY 23, 1957 








Heifer Project, Inc., of New Windsor, Maryland, orig- 
nated by Brethren Service, last year shipped livestock 
ncluding 880 head of cattle and 72,600 chickens to 23 
;ountries. Contributors in Canada, Germany, Mexico, 
'anama and the United States donated the funds or live- 

Most controversial shipment of the year was a gift of 
i5 dairy cattle to the Soviet Union, The herd was donated 
)y church and farm people in the United States who felt 
hat the gift might aid in developing a better relation- 
ihip between the people of the two countries. 

Evangelische Hilfswerk, relief agency of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Germany, sponsored the shipment of 
i9 milking sheep to refugees in Greece, From Mexico 
ame 25 burros that were sent to Formosa. A herd of 
nilk goats was sent to Indians living in the bayous of 


I A new series of Bible adventure films for children has 
leen produced by Moody Institute of Science film division 


And he did not mean to be! 

I He set out for a destination — or was he just 
■oaming aimlessly, choosing his own way? Why 
)other with the road map ? The going was mostly 
pleasant. Was he not out to please himself, any- 
liow ? 

If ever warned by those who knew — by faith 
laving accepted the eternal record — he was posi- 
ively dogmatic, if not actually rude, in defense of 
liis going; but to be sure, he very seldom paused 
listen — he just went on and on. Nothing 
eemed wrong. The way must be right. The in- 
ter voice, which sometimes rose up in protest. 

of Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. The series was specific- 
ally produced for TV showing according to John H. Ray- 
mond, director of MBI's promotion department. 

This new series marks the opening of the second phase 
of Moody's TV film ministry which began last year with 
the now popular "Sermons from Science" TV films. 
Adapted from the internationally known gospel-science 
films produced by Dr. Irwin A. Moon, directory of Moody 
Institute of Science, the TV films were shown on 66 
stations across the country in 22 of the 55 major TV 
markets in the U. S., including all of the top ten. 

"Public reaction to these TV gospel-science programs 
has been most favorable," reports Raymond. "The letter 
count at the first of the year stood at over 23,000, with 
many inquiries showing deep spiritual concern. In some 
instances whole families were influenced. Inquirers were 
enrolled in a Bible correspondence course." 

"Television stations indicate their response by showing 
MIS films, provided on a sustaining basis, during peak 
viewing hours on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the 
station executives who praised the program for its origin- 
ality and technical excellence are anxiously awaiting the 
second series of films," according to Raymond. 

Future plans include more new science-adventure films 
for children adapted from the radio version of the "Mr. 
Fixit" Bible stories. The future films will be produced 
for eventual release on color TV stations. 

was hushed. Were there not footprints giving evi- 
dence and assurance that many had traveled that 
way before ? All could not have been wrong. True, 
some had returned to point out the error; but 
why listen to them? None had ever seen and ex- 
perienced the end in all its stark reality. And 
so he traveled on and on and on until he learned, 
alas, too late that "there is a way which seemeth 
right unto a man, but the end thereof are the 
ways of death." 

Friend, what about your Way? It was Jesus 
who said, "I am the Way." If you refuse Him, 
you are lost, even if to you your way may seem 
right. Blessed is the man who takes the way ac- 
cording to the Word of God. — Christian Life. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


T NEVER REALLY THOUGHT of this important fact 
before. If I were negligent and forgot to attach the 
state of "Ohio" at the end of the above heading, you 
might be led to believe that we had already begun our 
overseas tour — arriving at a city whose location would 
be properly defined as approximately 23 degrees North 
Latitude and 113 degrees East Longitude. This would be 

Such was not the case, but the Ambassador Quartet 
did spend a very enjoyable day with Rev. Robert Kep- 
linger, his family, and the Brethren in Canton, OHIO 
on February 10. Your National Youth Director and Jean 
were present for the morning worship services, assisting 
in them by speaking briefly to the juniors, teaching the 
young people's S. S. Class, providing a special number 
in Church (Jean), and delivering the morning message. 
The friendship and hospitality of the Canton membership 
and the Keplingers was greatly appreciated. 

By late afternoon the rest of the Ambassadors (Ray, 
Chuck, and Marlin) arrived to enjoy a fine supper ar- 
ranged, prepared, and served by the Canton Brethren 
Youth and to present the evening Church service. While 
we were all still seated around the supper tables, an in- 
formal discussion was engaged in to see if something 
couldn't be done to enable the B. Y. Crusaders in Canton 
to become more active. One strong suggestion was that 
each person realize the purpose and need for the things 
they can learn through Brethren Youth — both for their 
lives daily now and also as church members in places 
of leadership in later life. This is something each one 
of our Brethren young people should do often. I certain- 
ly hope that something positive results from this get- 
together which we enjoyed so much. All the Ambassadors 
were appreciative of the fine attendance, comments and 
offering which they received before departing. It is most 
encouraging to know that so many of your folks are 
behind the Ambassador's trip to Europe this summer in 
such a wholehearted way. Thank you very much from 
each of us! 


Without appearing to be selling magazines on the side, 
I would suggest ttiat you consult the December issue of 
veiy beautiful pictures of the Holy Land. These very 
extraordinary shots were called to my attention and I 
thought some of you readers might benefit from them 
also. In addition to their beauty, they are valuable for 
you to supplement your understanding of the New Testa- 
ment. Take a look. 

March 2, 1957 Berlin, Penna. 

This District Youth Rally will feature Rev. Dale Boyer 
of the Glade Evangelical and Reformed Church as guest 

speaker. Special Music will be provided by the BerMi! 
Male Chorus. I hope to see you there, for it promise 
to be a good rally. 

Begins at 7:00 P. M. 



SPEAKERS will be re-appearing on the Ashland CoUeg 
Campus in the near future. Dr. Harold B. Kuhn, fror 
Wilmore, Kentucky, will be addressing the Seminary stu 
dent body in three sessions during their Days of Devo 
tion and Fellowship, February 21 and 22. 

Dr. Carveth Mitchell, from Mansfield, Ohio, is ou 
speaker for Christian Emphasis Week, March 11-15. Dm J 
ing the week Dr. Mitchell will speak every day in spe| 
cial chapels and also lead two discussion sessions on peri 
tinent problems confronting today's students. Those o\ 
you who have heard these men at National B. Y. Cori 
ference will recall their excellent messages and widj 
range of experiences, both of which will be of value whe:| 
they come again. I wish you all could be here to hea' 
them. The best thing to do is enroll in Ashland CoUeg' 
so you won't miss any fine speakers in future years. '< 


TEAM which was referred to a couple of weeks ago i| 
still holding its own with a 3 and 3 record, although ij 
could be better. With one game to go before the tour' 
nament, we have a chance to push above the "500" mar';i| 
and end the "season" successfully. 


In addition to the Brethren Youth Ambassador Quartel 
program in Canton, referred to earlier, you might bi 
interested in knowing of several other of their activities | 

February 11 — three special numbers at revival service! 
held in the Ashland Christian and Missionary Allianc 



February 12 — recorded two programs for the "HILIi 
TOP GOSPEL AIRES." This is a musical program spor! 
sored by the College S. S. Class of the Park Street Bretlii 
ren Church and is heard every Sunday morning ove 
WATG, Ashland. 

Febiniary 13 — conducted the Wednesday Chapel servic 
at Ashland College. This offered an opportunity to irj 
form our fellow students and the professors of the Are' 
bassador Quartet trip to Europe, as well as lead thei 
in their worship. 


MONTH for the Brethren Youth Magazine. Send in you 
dollar today. 

AL PROJECT of $6,666.66 if we hope to meet the gOJi 
by August for National Confereoce. Has your group dorj 
anything yet? 


FEBRUARY 23, 1957 


q^'he ^omen's /Dorner Stewardship Thoughts 




b)? Helen Jordan 


"Ye have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how 
I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto my- 

HOW MANY OF US KNOW that the inspiration for 
our American eagle came from the above text? 
This month we are showing our appreciation for the 
blessings we enjoy by celebrating the birthdays of the 
two great Presidents who, under God's guidance, estab- 
lished the freedoms which have been our priceless her- 

George Washington, Father of our country, suffered 
untold hardships and inspired others to follow his ex- 
ample in order that they might win our independence 
from a foreign power. We can never forget the sacri- 
ficial life of our beloved Abraham Lincoln, as well as 
[lis martyrdom for the cause of freedom. He knew that 
a nation could not endure half slave and half free and 
Ive know that this same principle applies to the whole 
ivorld. He reminds us of the brave men who gave their 
lives that our nation might live and he called on us, 
'the living, to be dedicated to the unfinished work that 
they have, thus far, so nobly carried on." His prayer 
ivas "that the nation shall under God have a new birth 
of freedom, and the government of the people, by the 
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." 

We should also remember, with gratitude, the sacri- 
fices of those who live behind the Iron Curtain and who 
fought, bled, and died recently, that we, as well as they 
md their children, may be able to live in liberty in the 
'uture. — Selected. 


Give through your local Church, or if this is not pos- 
sible, note the following information. Church Treasurers, 
ilso please note: 

(For Brethren's Home and Retired Ministers' Fund) 
Make checks payable to L. V. King, Treasurer, and ad- 
Iress Rev. L. V. King, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 



lamage and needs at Lost Creek, Kentucky. 


by John T. Byler 


THERE IS A PASSAGE in the Scripture which should 
be given serious thought by every individual who 
considers himself a Christian. It is found in Mark 14:8 
and simply says: "She hath done what she could." 

How often some of us are guilty of failing to do what 
we can for the Lord. He has endowed each one of us 
with certain abilities and talents — and they have been 
given for a purpose. They are to be used! They are not 
to be treasured! They are not to be gloated over! They 
are not to be boasted about! They are not to be saved! 
But they are to be used! Yet, often when we do put 
into use these God-given talents, we sometimes are guilty 
of using them only sparingly, or when convenient, or 
when given special recognition, or when we ^re sure 
that others plan to carry their full share of responsibility. 

Often a cherished possession of a parent may be a little 
worthless knick-knack that a child has made as a present 
for a birthday or for Christmas. Its value is nil so far 
as monetary values go, but because it came from a heart 
of love, it is cherished and kept. The child doesn't wait 
until he is a skilled artisan to bring his gift. He simply 
does what he can and offers it to the parent for whom 
it is intended. 

The woman who anointed the feet of Jesus was com- 
mended by the Lord for having done her best. In the 
eyes of some, it might have been foolishness, but be- 
cause she had done what she could, her gift was highly 
acceptable to Christ. 

As we view our own actions, and consider our own 
talents, we need to see whether v(?hat we are doing for 
God is the best that we can bring. Can it be said of you, 
"He has done what he could!" 



Missing — Last Sunday, several families from 

Strayed — Half a score of lambs, believed to 
have gone in the direction of "No Sunday School." 

Stolen — Several hours from the Lord's Day, 
by a number of people of different ages dressed 
in their Sunday clothes. 

Wanted — Several young people. When last seen 
were walking up Sabbath Breaker's Lane, which 
leads to the City of "No Good." 

MisJaid — a quantity of silver coins which should 
have been in the collection plate at church. — Sel. 


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U)intcr Scene at Ashland College 

(A special article by Ashland College President, Dr. Glenn L. 
Clayton, begins on Page Ten of this issue of the Evangelist.) 


March 2, 1957 

No. 9 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 


Items of general Interest 

events for the Akron church are the Sisterhood public 
program on March 3rd, the Father and Son banquet on 
March 15th, and the Brethren Youth public service on 
March 24th. 

CANTON, OHIO (TRINITY). Two new members were 
received recently by letter. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. The W. M. S. public service is 
scheduled for March 31st. 

bers were received by letter recently. 

mobile crash on Sunday afternoon, February 17th, 
brought injuries to Pastor William H. Fells and family. 
The accident occurred near Crafton, Ohio, as they were 
enroute to Elyria, Ohio, to visit one of their members 
who was a patient in a hospital there. The accident oc- 
curred as a car traveling in the opposite direction at a 
high rate of speed was unable to stop in the line of 
traffic and veered into the Fells car lane of traffic 
and slid sideways into the front of the Fells car. The 
21 year old driver of the other car and two teen age 
companions were uninjured in the crash. Brother Fells 
suffered bruises of the right knee; His wife, Elsie, suf- 
fered a broken right arm, sprained left ankle, lacera- 
tions and multiple contusions. The children suffered 
bruises and shock. The other car was declared a total 
wreck, and the Fells car nearly so. Brother Fells says, 
"We are so fortunate, and grateful that Cod was so 
merciful to us." Brother Fells is planning on being "up 
and around" in a few days. We urge the prayers of the 
Brotherhood for this energetic and faithful pastor and 
his family. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Brother William S. Crick writes: 
"Had the joy of baptizing seven Sunday afternoon 
(Feb. 17th), six of whom will unite with our church. 
Two are members of 'new families.' " 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO. The church bulletin 
notes an attendance of "about 80 to 90" at Singspira- 
tion a few weeks ago. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler notes 
that March 3rd is the date on which they plan to begin 


operating according to departments again in their Sum 
day School. During their Sunday School ' addition build ' 
ing progi-am, they were limited somewhat in their op| 
erations. j 

(Continued on Page 19) 


MULVANE, KANSAS. Evangelistic Services— Marc! ' 
11-24— Rev. John T. Byler, Evangelist; Rev. M. W 
Dodds, Pastor. , 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— March 17 j 
31— Rev. V. E. Meyer, Evangelist; Rev. Arthur H. Tinkei; 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meeting- i 
March 25-ApriI 7 — Dr. John F. Locke, Evangelist; Rev; 
Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 1 

NEWARK, OHIO. Revival-Evangelistic Campaign- 
March 24-31— Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Willianj 
S. Crick, Pastor, I 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Evangelistic Services— March 25 
April 7 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Albert T 
Ronk, Pastor. 


Ashland, Ohio 

APRIL 23rd, Noon to APRIL 25th, Noon i 

The Annual Pastors' Conference, sponsored bi\ 
the National Ministerial Association of the Brethj 
ren Church is scheduled to be held at Ashland j 
Ohio, April 23-25. I 

The opening session of the conference will be! 
gin at 1:30 P. M. on April 23. The conference wil 
close at noon on April 25. 

A stimulating program, including informal disi 
cussion periods, is being arranged by the com] 
mittee in charge. Every pastor is urged to arj 
range his program so that he may attend thest 
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The Editofs Pulpit 

I^rethren Cvangelist 100^ I o Gkurches 

FOR SOME TIME, NOW, we have been en- 
couraging our pastors, church boards and 
interested lay men and lay women in our 
churches, to work towards getting the Brethren 
Evangelist into each of their church homes. 

We are now ready to make a report on what 
tias been accomplished. On page Nine of this issue 
of the Evangelist, we have listed the Brethren 
Churches which now have full Evangelist cover- 
age of their membership. To the pastors, and 
other church leaders who have worked with per- 
sonal interest in their churches to accomplish 
this, we want to express our heartfelt thanks. It 
has been our contention that the Brethren Evan- 
»'elist can serve a greater purpose in the Church 
as more and more of our people have access to 
it each week. It stands to reason that since the 
Evangelist is the Oificial Organ of the Brethren 
Church, and as such, through the dissemination 
of news and information, serving all the agencies 
of the church, that the more people we have 
reading the paper each week, the more progres- 
sive our church will become. 

We wish also to welcome our new readers who 
have, in this way, begun to receive their official 
Church paper. We invite your comments and 

As a result of this effort, the Brethren Evan- 
gelist is enjoying a wider coverage than before. 
Yet we must consider the fact that, even now, 

only about one-third of our churches have 100% 
coverage of their church paper. A few minutes 
with the list and the current Brethren Annual 
membership figures reveals that the 100% 
churches like-wise cover about one-third of our 
total membership. There are many of our 
churches which have large subscription lists but 
which are not 100%, so we know that the Evan- 
gelist is reaching far more than one-third of our 
membership. Yet the fact remains that we still 
have a long way to go. 

Thus we would encourage non-100 % -era to con- 
sider anew the relative values and merits of getting 
the Church paper into all of their church homes. 
We know that a number of churches are now 
giving definite consideration to becoming 100%, 
and we hope to be able to add their names to the 
list before long. 

It is our hope and prayer that through the 
wider coverage of the membership of the Breth- 
ren Church by its Church Organ, that there will 
come in the membership an increased desire for 
the living of a deeper spiritual life, and a greater 
consecration of life, talent and substance to the 
work of the Lord in the Brethren's portion of the 
Lord's vineyai'd. We pray that there shall come 
a growing of interest in the things of the Lord, 
in the furthering of His work on the local and 
denominational level, onward to the great out- 
reach of the church in a world of need. W. S. B. 

divine Healers 

CURRENT in the minds of many Christians is 
the rise in the number and activities of 
those who call themselves "Divine Healers." Ra- 
dio and television are chief medias used by the 
Healers to propagate their doctrines and prac- 
tices. Are these Healers especially endowed by 
God? Do they possess supernatural powers? Are 
their healings genuine? lasting? What about the 

cases they cannot and do not heal? Are their 
systems superior to the Brethren practice of 
"the prayer of faith," and "the anointing with 
oil?" Brother William S. Crick, of our Newark, 
Ohio, church presents in this Evangelist the first 
of two parts of a special treatise on the subject. We 
will complete the article next week. We urge its 
careful and prayerful study by all Brethren. 







"WHY ARE MANY PASTORS and school men so cau- 
tious and even aloof in any cooperation with the 'faith 
healing movements' and cults which are attracting so 
much attention today?" 

This question is seriously asked by thousands of saved 
and useful Christians, when one of the "healing evange- 
lists" with their commodious tents and numerous retinue 
move into a community. The "faith healing movement" 
has been gaining momentum for half a century in this 
country. In recent years, the advent of radio, and now 
of television, has alerted thousands more of church mem- 
bers to face " a new thing." 

This discussion attempts to show only that these move- 
ments are NOT a "recovery" of the apostolic "gift of 
healing," that they fall far short in reduplicating the 
blessed healing ministries of Christ and of His apostles 
as set forth in the New Testament. Every believer is 
duty bound to "try the spirits" (I John 4:1) and to 
"prove all things" (I Thess. 5:21). Since the advent of 
a "healing campaign" involves the necessity of "taking 
sides," it is hoped the following examination of the teach- 
ing of the Word, will help toward a better understanding 
of the interpretations met. 

We do not presume to repudiate any actual, genuine 
"divine" healings which the Lord gives today in answer 
to the "prayer of faith" of His followers. Twenty years 
ago, this writer was at the very door of death, due to 
double lobar pneumonia, and had been given up by a 
very diligent physician, when prayer by the Church in 
his behalf restored him to health, which was truly "a 

Rev. Williani S. Crick 

While there are as many variations, interpretatiomij 
practices as there are "healers" and "healing cults," all 
base their "authority" upon the following propositions 
each one of which, we shall attempt to prove is noj 
scriptural, hence NOT a "recovery of the apostolic gift 
of healing." This, of course, is only a small segment oj 
the vast healing problems which confront us today. I 

I. Principle Propositions I 

Five of the principle contentions of the "faith healers 

1. It is not God's will that any of His children should b 
sick. If any are suffering bodily infirmity, it is due t 
unconfessed, unforgiven sin. 

2. Bodily healing is in the Atonement on the same basij 
as the forgiveness of sins. It is as ridiculous for a Chris' 
tian to pray for bodily healing with an "If it be Th;| 
will," as to pray for forgiveness "if it be God's will, j 
They assert that God is always ready, willing and abl, 
to heal as well as to forgive. They stress Isaiah 53:5 i 
Matthew 8:16, 17; Matthew 10:8. I 

3. Christ promised His followers the authority an' 
power to heal bodily infirmities. "If ye shall ask any 
thing in My Name, I will do it!" John 14:14. This inter; 
pretation, of coui'se, at once relegates all who are noi 
endowed with "the gift of healing" to an inferior cate' 
gory! I 

4. When one asks the Lord to heal him, it is an evi 
dence of a lack of faith to use "means." By "means," the; 
include all the agencies and practices of modern healinij 
science, medication, surgery, etc. They urge the one i:l 
quest for "divine healing" not to pay his money to the "pi! j 
peddlers and butchers" (!), but to bring it as a "love giij 
to the Lord" through their healing ministry! 

MARCH 2, 1957 


5. "The greater works" Jesus promised His followers 
would do are seen in the thousands who are being saved 
and healed in these "healing campaigns." 

Again, let us disclaim any doubt on our part that God 
did and DOES heal bodily infirmities. But Jesus and the 
Apostles "healed all that were sick" (Matthew 8:16); 
"they were healed every one" (Acts 5:16), and this is 
NOT the success of present-day "faith healers," what 
with their careful "screening" to eliminate from the 
"healing line" all with whom they do not wish to under- 
take to "deal." AND, not all, by any means, who are 
"prayed for" are healed, "instantly, completely, and per- 
manently," as was the case of the New Testament re- 
corded healings. 

j Let us test these claims, one by one, in the light of 
the Scriptures. 

II. Relation of Sickness and Sin 

It goes without argument that abuse of the body leads 
to penalty. Over-indulgence, dissipation, carelessness, etc., 
lead to sickness, and injury, temporary or chronic, and 
I even to death. It is generally recognized that God does 
I use bodily affliction as a means of "chastisement" (dis- 
'cipline) "that we might be partakers of His holiness" 
[(Hebrews 12:3-15; I Cor. 11:30). Thirdly, it is common- 
' ly understood that suffering, sorrow, defeat, mortality, 
I and all the limitations to which mankind is heir, are 
i the result of the depravity bequeathed to posterity by 
I the disobedience of our foreparents. Every one can con- 
jfess with the Psalmist, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, 
and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalm 51:5) 

BUT — to contend that ALL sickness is a direct result 
I of sin, on the part of the sufferer, is both unscriptural 
] and preposterous. Surely, an infant that becomes ill and 

even dies, is not the victim of its own sin! Jesus asserted 
of the young man who had been born blind, "Neither 
hath this man sinned nor his parents — but that the works 
of God should be made manifest in him." (John 9:3) 

Had the close and devout friend of Jesus, Lazarus of 
Bethany, sinned that he became ill and died? (John 11) 
Are we to conclude that Paul's companion, Epaphroditis 
was "sick nigh unto death" (Phil. 2:25-30) because of 
his sin? Or that Trophimus whom Paul "left at Miletum 
sick" (II Tim. 4:20) had transgressed? Such is not im- 
plied. Call the roll of the saints of God who have been 
chi'onic sufferers from the severest of bodily afflictions, 
and seek to discover whether they were harboring "un- 
confessed sins." They fall into the same category as 
Paul's "thorn in the flesh" (II Cor. 12:7-10), and the 
youth bom blind — "that the works of God might be mani- 

The following quotations should prove that immediate, 
personal guilt and sickness do not go hand-in-hand. In 
giving instructions for the anointing of sick believers 
in the Church, the Holy Spirit directs: 

"The prayer of faith shall save the sick and IF he 
have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." 
James 5:15) 

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and 
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that 
we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his 
word is not in us ... IF any man sin, we have an 
Advocate ..." (I John 1:8—2:2). 

The "faith healers" promise "Get rid of your sin and 
God will heal your Body!" The result of this false in- 
terpretation becomes a tragedy to many an erstwhile 



trusting, assured child of God. When his affliction, which 
may be chronic, has been made a matter of definite 
prayer for healing, and a sincere confession of any known 
sin has been made AND BODILY HEALING does not 
follow, what may the sufferer conclude? He (a) may 
conclude that since his body has not been healed, neither 
has his sin been forgiven — hence he is still in his sins; 
(b) he may conclude that the promises of God's Word 
(?) are not to be depended upon, and turn against a 
Lord who has been his strength in adversity; (c) he may 
brood over his disappointment and not only not be "healed," 
but be plunged into worse bodily affliction as well as into 
deepening spiritual darkness and despair; or, (d) he may 
come to see the "healers" promises and interpretations 
for what they are — false! 

III. Healing and The Atonement 

It is generally recognized that all the blessings which 
God bestows upon mankind, are given through His Son, 
the Lord Jesus Christ. "All things were made by Him!" 
(John 1:3). "Every good gift and every perfect gift is 
from above" (James 1:17). These physical bodies of ours 
are the climax of his creative hand, and are precious in 
His sight. Their well-being is His purpose as well as the 
well-being of our souls. Jesus Christ's death upon the 
cross was the focus of God's saving-healing power. His 
power becomes available to the believer through his faith 
and yieldedness to Him. However, the forgiveness of 
sins is an immediate result of belief and confession, 
while the healing of the body may be deferred, and its 
complete redemption awaits the Return of the Lord. 
Hence, forgiveness and healing are in the atonement, but 
on a different basis, or level. The following quotations 
are apropos: 

"He that believeth HATH everlasting life ..." 
(John 3:36) 

"He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that 
sent me HATH everlasting life ..." (John 5:24) 
"... but ourselves also, which have the first fruits 
of the Spirit (forgiveness) even we ourselves groan 
within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, 
the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:23) 
"For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven, 
from whence we also look for the Saviour, the Lord 
Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile (inglorious) 
body that it may be fashioned like unto his own 
glorious body, according to the mighty working 
whereby he is able to subdue all things unto him- 
self." (Phil. 3.20, 21) 

"We know that when he shall appear, we shall be 
like him, for we shall see him as he is." (I John 3:2) 

IF it were true that a believer could come to the Lord 
for bodily healing every time he might become afflicted 
— the SAME as he may come for forgiveness of sins — 
he would never need to continue to be ill — nor die! 

IV. Modem Healers Do Not Follow Christ's Instruc- 
tions To The Apostles 

We contend that the directions the Lord gave The 
Twelve, as recorded in Matthew 10, were to them spe- 
cifically, and are NOT for any other followers in any 
other age or place. The same obtains for instructions to 
The Seventy recorded in Luke 10, and "to them that be- 
lieve" in Mark 16. IF modern "faith healers" have been 


endowed with the "gift of healing," "the same as the 
apostles," they should carry out ALL the directives^ 
given, not just one, or possibly two. We read: 

"And when he had called unto him his Twelve Dis- 
ciples, he gave THEM power against unclean spirits, 
to cast them out and heal ALL MANNER OF SICK- 
the names of The Twelve Apostles are these ..." 
(Matthew 10:lf.) 

Eight specific directions were given The Twelve Apos- 
tles: modern "faith healers" attempt to duplicate onlj 
one. No. 3, and possibly, in part. No. 6. The commands: 

1. "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into 
any city of the Samaritans, enter ye not; but go 
rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (To 
The Twelve, Matthew 10:6) 

2. "And as ye (The Twelve) go, preach saying 
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10:7) 
(To The Seventy) "Say unto them. The Kingdom of 
God is come nigh unto you." (Luke 10:9) 

Many reputedly scholarly and devout Bible teachen 
distinguish between "The Gospel of the Kingdom" anc 
the Gospel of the Grace of God. They point out that th(| 
Gospel for the present "Church Age" is the Gospel o: j 
salvation by grace through faith. Are the "healers" of toi 
day preaching the Good news the Apostles were t< 
preach ? 

3. "Heal the sick." (Command both to The 
Twelve and to The Seventy) This particular direc- 
tive is "played up" at the expense of the other 
seven ! 

4. "Cleanse the lepers." (To the Twelve, Mat- 
thew 10:8) 

5. "Raise the dead." (To The Twelve, Matthew 

MARCH 2, 1957 


6. "Cast out devils." (To The Twelve, Matthew 

7. "Freely ye have received, freely give. Pro- 
vide neither gold nor silver nor brass in your purses; 
nor script (a money bag) for your journey, neither 
two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves; for the work- 
man is worthy of his meat (food)." Matthew 10:8-10) 
To The Seventy, Jesus said, "Carry neither purse, 
nor script, nor shoes." (Luke 10:4) 

8. "Salute no man by the way." (The Seventy, 
Luke 10:4) 

If one is to believe the reports of the fabulous "takes" 
which some of the "healing evangelists" receive, one can- 
not believe they are very careful to observe the direc- 
tive of No. 7! Does it not become evident that the in- 
structions that the Lord gave The Twelve in Matthew 
10, and to The Seventy, in Luke 10, were directed to a 
definite group, for a definite mission, in a definite area, 
for an immediate, specific purpose, and that to be done 
with haste ? What kind of Bible "interpretation" (?) is 
it to take ONE of these commands as the basis of a vast 
healing-saving plan? Of course, there are other scrip- 
tures which deal with bodily healing, which are mis- 
used — we shall examine them in sequence. 

V. The Use of "Means" 

The faith healing cults discourage the use of "means" 
to bring about bodily healing. To have recourse to med- 
ication, surgery, and any of the therapeutic agencies de- 
veloped by modern science, is to "doubt God's power to 
heal, and manifests a tragic lack of faith," so we are 
warned. The penitent sufferer need not — dare not — pre- 
sume to "help" God answer his prayer for healing! Let 
us apply this teaching to other problems. Would it 
"work out" in one's earning a livelihood, or a promotion? 

Jesus taught, "When ye pray, say. Give us this day 
our daily bread" Would it be a prayer, and would it re- 
ceive an answer if one did nothing to earn a livelihood 
for those for whom he is responsible ? Would it be really 
a "prayer" to ask for better grades in an examination, 
or for a promotion, and then do nothing to merit those 
grades or a promotion? Why, then, is one showing a "lack 
of faith" not to do all in his power, and that of trained 
fellowmen, to answer the prayer for healing? 

Is it not true that all real bodily healing is of the 
Lord, whether it is brought about miraculously, in di- 
rect answer to prayer, or through a change of climate, 
of occupation, of diet, of habits, or thi-ough the use of 
surgery, medicine, x-ray, etc.? 

Our Lord must not have disapproved of physicians, or 
He would not have said: 

"They that are whole have no need of a physician, 
but they that are sick; I came not to call the right- 
eous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:17) 
"And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me 
the proverb. Physician, heal thyself!" (Luke 4:23) 

If physicians are not to be recognized by those who 
"have faith," why should the Holy Spirit choose a physi- 
cian to write two of the important "books" of the New 
Testament, The Gospel of Luke and The Acts? And, why 
did Paul refer to Dr. Luke, who by the way was the 

Apostle's traveling companion, as "The Beloved Physi- 
cian?" (Col. 4:14). If it is "wrong" to use medicine then 
St. Paul was wrong when he wrote to Timothy a pre- 
scription, "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine 
for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." (I 
Tim. 5:23). Why didn't he send Timothy a handkerchief 
or apron, with instructions to place it upon his stomach? 
(Acts 19:11, 12). 

VI. The "Greater Works" 

The so-called "faith healers" and cults claim that their 
campaigns of preaching to thousands, and healing, are 
a fulfillment of the Lord's promise, in His Upper Room 
discourse of "Greater works than these shall ye do." 
Here's the quotation: 

"I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth 
in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in 
the Father and the Father in me, or else, believe me 
for the very work's sake. Verily I say unto you. He 
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do 
also; and greater works than these shall he do be- 
cause I go to the Father. And whatsoever ye 
shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father 
may be glorified in the son. If ye ask anything in 
my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my com- 
mandments." (John 14:10-13) 

While the "healing campaigns" may be a phase of the 
fulfillment of the Lord's promise, they are not the whole 
fulfillment. Jesus preached to thousands of folk, living 
in Palestine; the Apostles, and especially St. Paul, 
preached to thousands more. How many, many more have 
heard the Gospel during the nineteen centuries since 
Jesus "went about preaching the gospel and healing all 
that were oppressed by the devil?" Rev. William A. 
Sunday, Rev. R. A. Torrey, Dwight L. Moody, and many 
others have traveled around the world, preaching the 
Gospel. It is said that Rev. "Billy" Graham preaches to 
more millions in one of his radio messages than Rev. 
"Billy" Sunday preached to in all his lifetime! Then, 
there is the addition of the gospel's progress on the mis- 
sion fields, and the translation of the Scriptures into 
more than a thousand languages and dialects, and its 

Add these "greater works" in the heralding of the 
gospel, to the advance of the ministry of bodily healing 
carried on by the hundreds of hospitals, and the thou- 
sands of medical experts and technicians throughout the 
world. The Master's promise is surely being fulfilled in 
a marvelous way right before our eyes. 

(To be continued) 

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Contriboting Editors. W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gtn. Sec'j. 

(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. AssUtaal f 


(From Mrs. Kessinger, at Haddix) 

. . . We are trying to recover from the terrible flood 
— the worst ever knowTi here. The water came up in the 
night, and I stayed here in the cottage until 4 o'clock 
in the morning, when the water was coming up on the 
porch. Two men came after me in a boat and told me 
I must go, as the house might give way, I suspect it 
was then five feet deep around the house. 

Most of the families in Haddix were driven from their 
homes; a few houses are up on higher ground. The water 
was 30 inches deep in my house. I had tried to put 
things up, but I didn't put them high enough. My mat- 
tress was soaked and bedding and clothing were wet. The 
flood water leaves a gluey, sticky mud, hard to get out. 

The Red Cross has been so wonderful to us; neighbors 
have been very good to me also. I am thankful to have a 
house to come back to. I feel we have many things to 
praise God for. Pray for us that God will keep us well. 

General Secretary Visits 

Itj was a real blessing to visit the church at Tucson, 
Arizona, during the Christmas season. Inasmuch as we 
planned to ai-rive on Saturday just prior to Christmas 
Sunday, Pastor Vernon Grisso informed me that I would 
be expected to bring the Christmas message on that Sun- 
day morning. This well-attended service was a real in- 
spiration, and it was a privilege to speak again to a 
most attentive audience. 

A full schedule of Christmas services had been planned, 
with the choir, youth and adults emphasizing once more 


Within a few weeks foreign mission publicity 
will be going out to churches. If you want any 
change made in the number of bulletins, envelopes 
or other materials for your church, please send a 
request for such change to this office promptly. 
Bulletins will be sent in time to be used on April 
7 (the week before Palm Sunday). In this way the 
real appeal for mission giving can be made BE- 
FORE Easter. Please note this change in our plans 
for this year. Some of the foreign mission publicity 
may not come at the same time as the bulletins 
and envelopes, but may arrive later. 

the great truth of our Lord's birth, with all of its spir- 
itual implications. These services had been well prepared 
and were most impressive. The fellowship hour following 
the program on Sunday evening was the climax to a 
lovely day in the Lord's house. 

We commend this church and its pastor for the ex- 
cellent work accomplished and for the vision of future 


Reverend Vernon Grisso and I met with three of the 
Brethren families at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John 
Wissinger in Phoenix on Sunday, December 31. We dis- 
cussed plans for continuing the cultivation of the group, 
looking forward to the time when a pastor may be se- 
cui-ed for this field. A chairman, a secretary and a treas- 
urer were chosen from those attending. These officers 
will provide the leadership for the group and will be 
responsible for keeping in touch with other Brethren 
families in the city. 

It was agreed that a Sunday devotional service would 
be held once each month in the homes of the members 
of the group. A carry-in dinner was agreed upon as a 
feature for these monthly meetings. Some of the good 
Tucson Brethren folks will continue to meet with them 
to give encouragement and assistance as they are able. 

Reverend Grisso and some of his people have shown 
a splendid spirit and have rendered invaluable assistance 
in these past months. The significant comment from all 
of these people runs something like this: "With a pastor 
on the field at Phoenix, a strong church with a good-sized 
congregation could be established very rapidly." 

To date we do not have a pastor for the field; however, 
a couple of pastors have expressed an interest in this 
church-extension project. 


One hundred eighty-nine other people along with me 
were thrilled with the Sarasota, Florida, Brethren Church 
service on Sunday moi-ning, February 10. I had arranged j 
to be present to observe the church and its pastor. Rev- i 
erend Lyle Lichtenberger, in operation. Instead of play- ! 
ing the role of an observer, I had thrust upon me the I 
role of preacher for the day. It was a privilege to speak i 
to such a fine audience made up of people from Florida ^ 
and from several other states. j 

On Sunday at noon I was the guest of the Building | 
Committee and the wives of the men on the committee. I 
Arrangements had been made with a tea room in I 
Bradenton, where we were served an excellent meal in ! 
a private dining area. Here, after the meal, we discussed j 
the matters of concern relating to the future develop- ! 
ment of the Sarasota Church and the building plans. \ 
(Continued on Page 17) ; 



W0% St^^^i^^cU^t (^^uic^c^ 


E ARE GLAD to present the following in recent weeks. We have listed them, not gg 

list of 100% Brethren Evangelist in the order of their becoming 100% gg 

Churches. Some of these have been 100% churches, but as the pastors or secretaries gg 

Churches for many years. Others have returned the questionnaire cards sent out gg 

achieved this standing in the past several from the Editorial office about the first of gg 

years. The remainder have gained this goal the year. gg 




. ^»> . DD 




North Manchester, Indiana Rev. Henry Bates gg 

Akron, Ohio (Firestone Park) Rev. J. G. Dodds gg 

Ashland, Ohio (Park Street) Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks gg 

' Lanark, Illinois Rev. H. Francis Berkshire gg 

Loree, Indiana , Rev. Horace Huse gg 

New Lebanon, Ohio Rev. John T. Byler gg 

Waynesboro, Penna. (Wayne Heights) Rev. N. Victor Leatherman gg 

North Georgetown, Ohio Rev. Donald Rowser no 

College Corner (Wabash, Indiana) Rev. G. Bright Hanna no 

Johnstown, Penna. (Third) Rev. Clarence Stogsdill BB 

Waterloo, Iowa Rev. Albert T. Ronk dd 

Vinco (Mineral Point, Penna.) Rev. Woodrow B. Brant dd 

Glenf ord, Ohio Rev. Ray Aspinall dd 

Tucsan, Arizona Rev. Vernon D. Grisso dd 


Pleasant Hill, Ohio Rev. William H. Anderson gg 

Bethlehem (Harrisonburg, Virginia) Dr. John F. Locke gg 

Gratis, Ohio . Rev. John F. Burton gg 

North Liberty, Indiana Rev. W. E. Thomas gg 

LouisviUe, Ohio Rev. L. V. King gg 

Peru, Indiana Rev. Robert Madoski gg 

Denver, Indiana Rev. Austin Gable gg 

Masontown, Pennsylvania Rev. William D. Keeling gg 

New Paris, Indiana Rev. E. M. Riddle dB 

Manteca, California Rev. C. Y. Gilmer Bq 

Beriin, Pennsylvania Rev. Ralph E. Mills Bd 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois Pastorate vacant dd 

Milf ord, Indiana Rev. Woodrow Immel dd 


Corinth, Indiana Rev. John R. Turley U2 


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A Message of Interest 

from Ashland College 




President. Ashland College 


^ time-tested plan for the safe investment of 
funds. For over seventy-five years Ashland Col- 
lege has accepted funds on which it has paid life- 
long income to a group of careful investors. Over 
the years, through depression times and times 
of prosperity, this program has gone faithfully 
on, meeting its obligations promptly and bring- 
ing happiness and comfort to those persons who 
took advantage of its opportunity for life-time 

Such an investment in a life income from 
Ashland College will guarantee you a generous 
rate of return that is safe, regular and sure. It 
will free you from the hazards of investing funds 
in unknown markets and end your worry because 
it protects your financial security. This is your 
first and very important dividend. 

But your dividends on a life-income from Ash- 
land College are doubled, for, even as you re- 
ceive your generous and regular checks, you have 
the personal satisfaction of a feeling of partnei"- 
ship with the college in offering a high quality 
of college training for young people in a Christian 

You will be assisting in a program of training 
for Brethren young people for effective service 
in every walk of life from the ministry through 
the professions to the various fields of vocational 
interest. You will be able to see your money at 
work in the program and at the same time you 

will receive regular income from that money. 
Thus you will be able to "give" and to "receive", 
at the same time. 

You can specify that the money be held as a| 
memorial to a loved one or to yourself and have? 
the assurance of knowing that it will so remain j 
perpetually, even after your death. No more; 
effective memorial is possible than one which! 
continues to live even as it memorializes. j 

One good way to set up such an investment isi 
through the purchase of an Ashland College! 
annuity bond. These can be written in any' 
amount of $1,000 or more and will generally be 
one of two types, (a) the fixed annuity which i 
binds the college to pay a fixed income to youl 
for the remainder of your life. The college will] 
invest the money and supervise it from the dayj 
of purchase. You will receive a generous checl<i 
as agreed on January 1 and July 1 of each year; 
thereafter as long as you live, or' (b) the lifei 
income annuity which binds the college to pa>' 
to you the average net yield earned yearly b> 
the college on its invested funds. Again undei 
this plan you will receive your check on Janu- 
ary 1 and July 1 without further worry on your 

Both plans have tax advantages well worth con- 
sidering. In addition, if you have bonds, stocks 
or real estate which have appreciated sharply ir 
value, you may transfer them to the college at 
current market value and eliminate the costl.\ 

MARCH 2, 1957 


capital gains tax. Furthermore, all annuity bonds 
are viewed as completed transactions and are not 
subject to estate and inheritance taxes or liti- 
gation in connection with estate settlements. 

Annuity bonds are sold to persons of all ages 
but in general the life income annuity is advan- 
tageous for persons under age 50. Fixed income 
annuities vary according to age. Thus a man of 
age 60 will be assured an income of 5% on his 
investment; if he is age 70 at the time of pur- 
chase, he will receive 6% on his money; and at 
age 80 he would receive 7% income for life. 

Aside from the personal advantage of being 
able thus to give money and see it at work and 
still receive needed income from the money as 
an investment, you will be materially helping 
Ashland College and through it, the Brethren 
Church, to grow stronger and more effective 

The college needs permanent funds to act as 
endowment and thus stabilize the financial struc- 
ture of the school. Such funds enhance the income 
of the school and increase its security for the 
future. Further, for the present, such funds may 
be invested in income producing buildings, such 
as the badly needed women's dormitory and help 
provide housing for Christian youth who desire 
college training. Your money will thus not only 
be safe but you will be able to help in the build- 
ing program of which we are so proud and which 
is essential to the future effective operation of 
the college. 

Now if you would like to know more about this 
program, a postal card will bring that informa- 
tion to you without obligation. 

There are other ways, too, of assisting the 
college. No Brethren will should be made with- 
out a clause remembering the college. Each year 
ifunds come to the school because of such people 
who did remember. Then, too, it is possible to 

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make the college sole beneficiary of a life insur- 
ance policy. This can be so written as to make 
the premium deductible for income tax purposes 
and will provide easy funds for these same pur- 
poses in the future. 

Whatever your wishes, we at the college stand 
ready to serve you. We would appreciate the op- 
portunity to discuss those wishes with you. Just 
address a card with the word "Annuity" on it 
and with your name and address to Reverend 
Virgil E. Meyer, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
or to me as President, and you will hear from us 
very promptly. Why not get the details without 
obligation, then decide what you want to do? 



Ashland College 



The Prudential Committee of the 
Board of Trustees of Ashland College 
met on the campus on January 31 
for its regular mid-winter meeting. 

The committee reviewed the gen- 
eral program of the college and dis- 
cussed plans for the future. 

The committee approved a revised 
budget for 1956-57 including expendi- 
tures totalling $643,794.28. Of this 
amount $466,086.56 is earmarked for 
"educational" purposes and the re- 
mainder for "auxiliary" or non-educa- 
tional enterprises, such as operation 
of dormitories, bookstore, athletics, 
student union, scholarships, etc. This 
represents the largest budget ever 
approved for Ashland College. The 
budget anticipates that the auxiliary 
enterprises will pay for themselves 
and provide about 2% of the needed 
educational funds, student fees about 
69%, gifts and grants about 20%, 
endowment fund income 8%-, and mis- 
cellaneous 1%. 

The Prudential committee is the 
executive committee of the Board 
and has power to act for the Board 
in the interim between regular Board 
meetings. Its ten members comprise 
the officers of the Board, three 
elected members, and the active past 
presidents. They are: President Myron 
S. Kem, Comptroller of the Dayton 
Rubber Company, Dayton, Ohio; Vice 
President Ben F. Zercher, President 
of A. L. Garber Company, Ashland; 
Secretary Harvey S. Amstutz, Presi- 
dent of Rutt and Amstutz, Smith- 
ville, Ohio; A. E. Schwab, of the 

Schwab Heating Company, Louisville, 
Ohio; T. J. Budd, Secretary-Treasur- 
er, Hess and Clark Company (Re- 
tired), Ashland; Dr. J. Garber Dru- 
shal. Professor of Speech, the College 
of Wooster; G. T. Ronk, President 
Barnard and Leas Company, Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa; John Rishel, President 
of the R. C. Wilcox Company, Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania; Dr. John Locke, 
Minister, Maurertown, Virginia; and 
Dr. Charles L. Anspach, President, 
Central Michigan College of Educa- 
tion, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. 


The regular Winter Convocation of 
the college was held Wednesday, 
February 6, in Memorial Chapel with 
Dean L. E. Lindower presiding. Fol- 
lowing the custom of such occasions, 
the Facuty processed in full regalia 
as Miss Mabel Zehner played "Pomp 
and Circumstance." The invocation 
was given by Professor Edwin Board- 
man. Dean Delbert B. Flora read the 
scripture and led the group in prayer. 
The Chapel Choir, under the direc- 
tion of Calvin Rogers, sang "Why art 


Thou Cast Down" by Clokey, which i 
was one of the numbers used by the; 
choir on its recent tour. 

Dean Lindower then presented Dr. 
Clayton, the speaker of the day, who 
spoke on the subject "The Relation- 
ship between Liberal Arts and Chris- i 
tian Education." j 

The program was concluded with aj 
prayer led by Professor Boardman. i 



Despite a niunber of students who] 
completed their work at the end ofj 
the first semester and others who 
interrupted their education for some| 
reason, new admissions and transfers! 
to Ashland College were sufficiently, 
numerous to make the second semes- 
tev totals larger than the first. Fig-! 
ures released by the Registrar indi- '■ 
cate that 540 students have enrolled] 
for the second semester in day ' 
classes. The evening and extension' 
program reports a total of 467 stu-; 
dents of whom 128 are also takingi 
work in the day school. When these 


Applications are now being received for admission to the Freshman 
Class to enter Ashland College in September, 1957. Frequently these appli- 
cants or their parents and friends enquire about available scholarships and 
financial need. For their benefit we are glad to print this information. 

It is our hope that no worthy student will be denied a chance at a col- 
lege education because of lack of funds and to that end certain financial 

assistance is available. 

Such needy students should apply early for admission and, if accepted, 
they should file an application for financial aid giving a statement of their 
resources and needs. If approved, they may be granted: 

1. Endowed or "Honor" scholarships given by individuals or groups as 
listed in the general catalog. These vary in size and requirements. 

2. Special tuition grants made by the college because the student meets 
certain desirable requirements. These, too, vary in size. 

3. Tuition loans made without interest and carried by the college for a 
period which may extend until well after graduation or withdrawal 
from college by the student. 

4. Loans from a variety of funds established for the purpose both 
within and without the college. 

Persons who are interested in learning more about these aids should write 
to the Director of Admissions for a copy of a booklet giving full details. 
It will be sent promptly and -without ohligation upon request. 

JARCH 2, 1957 


Summer Session 

June 1 7 - August 9 


iplications are deducted, the report 
lows a total of 879 different indi- 
duals enrolled at Ashland College at 
is time. 

The steady increase in enrollment 
dicates, we believe, the growing 
)pularity of Ashland College as a 
isirable place in which to acquire 
college education and points up the 
ied for adequate facilities in build- 
gs, equipment, and faculty to make 
)ssible further growth in the fu- 





Your investment in Life Income 
•Annuities helps to continue the 
work of properly preparing young 
people for q better and more 
abundant life. 

Invest for your ovt'n future and 
therefore develop christian leader- 

Assured income for life, guaran- 
teed by Ashland College. Sans 
taxes, let a builder for d greater 
nation benefit from this saving. 

Write today for the Ashland Col- 
lege Guaranteed Income Plan. 

• Assure Dependable 
Life Income 

• A Living Christian 
. " Memorial for you 

' ' ' Save on Taxes 

land College Ashland, Ohio 


According to a wire received from 
the State Board of Education in Co- 
lumbus the Department of Home 
Economics at Ashland College has 
been authorized by the State Depart- 
ment of Education for teacher-train- 
ing in home economics. 

Miss Enid W, Lunn, head of the 
State Department of Home Econom- 
ics, visited our department for a day 
in December and felt that our mod- 
em equipment and furnishings in our 
department plus the complete course 
of study offered in our department, 
which more than meets the state re- 
requirements in all phases of home 
economics, merited our being selected 
for teacher-training of home econom- 

She observed our student teaching 
facilities at Ashland High School and 
felt that they were among the best 
provided by any school. 

The Home Economics Department 
has more than tripled in size this 
year. It hopes to train many good 
teachers for the future of education 
in Home Economics, for which there 
is a great demand. 

Dr. Carveth Mitchell to be 
Religious Emphasis Week 

Dr. Carveth Mitchell, pastor of the 
English Lutheran Church of Mans- 
field has accepted an invitation to 
become the featured speaker of Re- 
ligious Emphasis Week. He is a noted 
speaker and pastor who is no 
stranger to the Ashland College 
campus. We are fortunate and hon- 
ored to have Dr. Mitchell with us 

The date of Religious Emphasis 
Week will be March 11th to 16th. 

Training Men to Preach 

The education of a minister 
is a long and painstaking task. 
First, he must get a four-year 
college degree in Liberal Arts; 
then he must attend the Semi- 
nary, which is a graduate 
school, for three more years. 
In his senior year he must write 
a thesis. All of this formal ed- 
uation is equal to the training 
for a Doctor of Philosophy de- 

And there is more to the 
minister's education than the 
formal training. Tha theories of 
the classroom are tried in the 

On Tuesday morning, each 
school week, there is a special 
chapel period for Seminar. Dur- 
ing this seminar period, a fresh- 
man in college may give the 
devotions, a senior in the college 
may give the special musical 
number, then a young man in 
the Seminary will give the ser- 
mon. Each one who participates 
is rated on a performance 
sheet which is filled out by stu- 
dents and faculty. 

At a recent Seminar, Jerry 
Flora, the student president of 
the Seminary, announced the 
start of a student missionary 
intercessory prayer meeting 
wlaich is to meet at 7:30 each 
Wednesday morning. At this 
meeting Miss Carol Berkshire 
gave the devotions and Ray 
Aspinall, a middler in the Sem- 
inary, gave a message. Carl 
Barber, also a middler in the 
Seminary, presented a short 
meditation using, as the basis, 
Psalm 116. 

Good ministers result from 
long and intensive training. 



IPrayer fUeeting 

hy B. T. §ibnef 


THE PSAEMIST COMPLAINED that "no man cared 
for my soul" (Psalm 142:4). God is holding His peo- 
ple responsible for lost souls (Ezek, 33:7, 8). Time and 
again He has commanded His people to GO, GO, GO to 
rescue the lost (John 15:16; Mark 16:15; Luke 14:23). 
Aside from human agency He has no other plan (Matt. 
4:19; 24:45, 46). 

Meanwhile, God persistently calls and yearns from His 
heart for men eveiywhere to be saved (Ezek. 18:31). 

"0 turn ye, O turn ye, for why will ye die, 
When God in great mercy is coming so nigh ? 
Now Jesus invites you, the Spirit says. Come, 
And angels are waiting to welcome you home." 

Man is so wayward that he does not seem to have any 
care for his own soul (Rom. 3:11, 12). Nevertheless, 
from the day that Adam fell God has continually invited, 
warned, and pled with the lost (Gen. 3:9). The sinner 
because of guilt hides from God Who seeks for Him out 
of loving compassion through the Saviour (Luke 19:10). 
God is not willing that any should go to Hell (2 Peter 
3:9). He pleads so patiently with the disobedient and 
those opposing Him (Rom. 10:21). Though men contra- 
dict Him (Luke 2:7) He calls them to look to Him for 
salvation (Isaiah 45:22). He begs men to forsake their 
evil ways, to turn unto Him for pardon (Isaiah 55:7). 
He yearns for them to be saved and satisfied with His 
saving grace and power (Isaiah 55:1, 2). 

"Come, sinners, to the gospel feast, 
Let every soul be Jesus' guest. 
You need not one be left behind, 
For God has bidden all mankind." 

The Holy Spirit is calling the sinner (Rev. 22:17). He 
is in the world to convict of sin and to call the sinner 
to repentance (John 16:8). The drawing power to God is 
the Holy Spirit (John 6:44). In order for the Holy Spirit 
to woo and draw the lost to God He has to have God's 
people as His channel through which He operates (John 
20:22, 23) 

"Come, Holy Spirit, heav'nly Dove 
With all Thy quick'ning pow'rs; 
Come, shed abroad a Savior's love 
In these cold hearts of ours." 

The Son of God certainly cares for souls (Matt. 11:28). 
In His eagerness for souls He would forget His physical 
appetite and the fatigue of His body (John 4:31-34). 
He would save the souls that men would stone (John 
8:7-11). Jesus went all the way to Calvary and dipped 
His soul in Hell as an offering for sin that many might 
be saved (Isaiah 53:10). At Calvary in the midst of His 

agony He saved a penitent soul by His side (Luke 23:43)] 
All who go to Hell do so in spite of the greatest lev > 
in the universe. | 

Even the damned in Hell would have their loved one'! 
on earth to be saved (Luke 16:28-30). The saved in glor; 
care for the souls of men (Luke 15:10). "Joy in th ' 
presence of the angels" may refer to the redeemed wh ! 
have already gone on to glory (Heb. 12:1). However, w. i 
know that angels are much interested in the saving o i 
the lost (Luke 2:10-14). The beggar in Luke 16:22 waj 
carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. Angel i 
minister to the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14). ' 

One thing is certain, THE DEVIL WANTS US ALL T(i 
GO TO HELL (1 Peter 5:8)! He would have men sligh' 
God's invitation (Matt. 22:5). He has busily accumulate^; 
his own crowd (John 8:44). His most effective tool i; 
NEGLECT (Heb. 2:3). He would have Christ crowde.j 
out (Luke 2:7); voted out (Matt. 8:34); neglected (Heli 
2:3); almost accepted (Acts 21:28); an t)ffense (Matlj 
11:6). He would have sinners mock at sin (Prov. 14:9)1 
He would have them give themselves to sinful infatua; 
tions (Zech. 7:11), inconsiderateness (Isaiah 1:3), maki 
ing excuses (Luke 14:1), bargain their birthright awa;! 
(Heb. 12:15-17), be self-complacent (James 2:4), give thi,^ 
Devil a place (Eph. 4:27), be estranged from God (Romj 
1:28), slaves to fixed habits (Rom. 7:15), disobedienj 
to the gospel (Gal. 3:1). I 




Wtlliam H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 10, 1957 
Lesson: Matthew 18:21-35 
E SING with fervent piety on Sunday: 

"Dear Lord and Father of mankind, 
Forgive our fev'rish ways." 

With calm assurance we look to Him for that forgive i 
ness sought, though there is nothing in us to merit it} 
And then we go forth on Monday and find it so difficulj 
to forgive our brother for some minor offense committal 
against us I 

How very human is Peter's question: "Lord, how of 
shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? tilj 
seven times?" j 

There is no problem of forgiveness with Jesus. Thij 

problem is with Peter. "Peter keeps count; Jesus lose 

count. Peter says, 'Seven times!' He adds them up an* 

it gets harder every time. Jesus says in effect, *If yoi| 

must have figures — until seventy times seven!' But f o ] 

Jesus this means that at the 490th time you act just a:} 

though it were the first. The 489 times are forgotten.'| 

"You cannot count the stars that shine, 

Nor drops of water in the sea. 

You cannot count the times that God 

Forgives both you and me." 


MARCH 2, 1957 


Peter cannot be blamed too much, for he was a victim 
)f custom and circumstances. Dr. Alfred Edersheim, the 
jreat Jewish historian and author of The Life and Times 
)f Jesus the Messiah, says: 

"It was a principle of Rabbinism that, even if the 
wrongdoer had made full restoration, he would not 
obtain forgiveness till he had asked it of him whom 
he had wronged, but that it was cruelty in such cir- 
cumstances to refuse pardon . . . And yet it was a 
settled rule, that forgiveness should not be extended 
more than three times." 

It can be seen, therefore, that in the light of this, 
Peter was willing to go even farther than the teaching 
Df the rabbis. 

To illuminate more fully the meaning of Christian 
Forgiveness, Jesus tells the Parable of the Unforgiving 

The servant owed much. "Ten thousand talents." Over 
ten million dollars, truly a fabulous sum! According to 
the law of Moses (Ex. 22:3, Lev. 25:39, 47) his creditor 
could sell him into servitude if he could not pay his debt, 
rhe debtor realized he was completely at the mercy of 
liis lord. He, therefore, "fell down, and worshipped him, 
paying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay 
^hee all." 

' Seeing the poor man's plight, the "master's heart was 
lnoved with pity, and he let the slave go free with his 
iebt cancelled" (Wms.). Now he who OWED MUCH was 
FORGIVEN MUCH! Surely he was filled with thanksgiv- 
ing for this generous act of mercy and grace! 

But, alas, how short is our memory! "The same ser- 
Irant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, 
which owed him an hundred pence (less than twenty dol- 
lars): and he laid hands on him, and took him by the 
throat, saying, "Pay me that thou owest." 

The fellowservant realized he was at the mercy of his 
creditor. So he fell at his feet and begged for more time 
|in which to pay the debt. 

j "And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, 
|till he should pay the debt." 

! He who had been forgiven of the great debt (ten mil- 
jlion dollars) would not himself forgive a small debt 
[(twenty dollars)! Therefore, the unforgiving servant was 
jdelivered by his lord to the tormentors, "till he should 
jpay all that was due unto him." 

I Jesus then makes the spiritual application of this 
jstory: "So likewise shall My Heavenly Father do also 
;unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone 
his brother their trespasses." 

Dr. Edersheim sums up this lesson with these words: 

"Peter had yet to learn, what we, alas! too often 
forget: that as Christ's forgiveness, so that of the 
Christian, must not be computed by numbers. It is 
gives sin, not sins — and he who has experienced it, 
follows in His footsteps." 

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Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 

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1. Thou shait have a personal knowledge of salvation 

— saved and walking in the light toward, and into, holi- 

2. Thou shalt be a leader and not a driver. Seek to lead 
and woo and win; never try to drive and thereby scat- 
ter and alie.iate. 

3. Thou shalt be a lover of the Word — one of the 

blessed ones who delighli in the law of the Lord and who 
meditate upon it day and night. 

4. Thou shalt be a lover of prayer. It is they that wait 
upon the Lord who renew their strength; and it is at- 
tendant upon prayer that the Spirit can guide into all 
truth. It is the one who seeks in prayer to whom wis- 
dom needed is given liberally. No prayer — no power. Lit- 
tle prayer — little power. Much prayer — much power. For 
spiritual success, the prayer note must be dominant. 

5. Thou shalt be a lover of souls. Only as those of the 
school feel you are interested in them each, and love and 
care, can you help and be a blessing. 

6. Thou shalt create an atmosphere of spirituality, of 

reverence, and of orderliness. 

7. Thou shalt be prompt and on time — better half an 
hour early than five minutes late. An example of tardi- 
ness is contagious and detrimental to the whole school. 

8. Thou shalt cultivate holy enthusiasm. There is a 
divine urge you must experience in your Sunday school 
duties. With a heart brimful of enthusiasm you will help 
to spell success for your school. Put some action into 
your program. 

9. Thou shalt not be content to maintain an organiza- 
tion or to be a teacher of facts — thou shalt be a winner 
of souls. Never rest satisfied until you see the life of 
Christ being worked out among your scholars. 

10. Thou shalt not be discouraged. Temptations along 
this line will inevitably come. Resist the enemy on this 
point as in others. Be true, prayerful, watchful, living 
in the place where the promises of Scripture can be 
claimed. — (Reprinted from "Link") 





Mrs. George Drushal 


Jan. 29. Tues. Had a two inch rain last night and when 
Papa looked at his rain gauge he said "there was a 
good setting for a flood since it has been raining for 
so many days and ground soaked. Had chapel as usual 
at 8 o'clock but as water was then overflowing the banks 
of Troublesome Creek, we decided to let out school and 
take the children home while they could get home. At 10 
o'clock water was rising fast and overflowing roads. 
Adah was supposed to go to Homeplace Hospital and 
get Orlena, but roads cut off. Boys got out the old boat 
we keep on hand and tried to calk it up, but didn't suc- 
ceed very well. At 3 P. M. the boys began to carry things 
out of the basement, take the motor out of washing 
machine, and carry things out of the place here to the 
new parsonage where the garage was supposed to be 
built, but nothing done except store things such as lum- 
ber and things needed to finish garage if ever it is built. 
It is quite a bit lower than the other parts of campus 
and soon filled with water. 

At 1 o'clock Brother Anderson and two friends from 
the Pleasant Hill of Ohio church arrived with a truck 
load of canned goods, clothing, eggs and a generous gift 
from the church. Gifts like these look mighty good to 
Riverside. Seeing the flood danger, they did not stay 
very long. One thing, we thought the water would not 
get up to the new parsonage, so we told the four teach- 
ers (Miss Agen had arrived the night before to help with 
the high school work) to come and stay all night at our 
home, as we felt sure Myer's Hall where they stay would 
be flooded. Mrs. Ratley got an early supper, so we could 
all get settled before dark but as Papa came over home 
befoi'e the rest of us, he came hurriedly back saying the 
teachers and I should hurry over or we would be cut 
off. They ran over to Myer's Hall and put up things 
above what we call the high water mark. Miss Hooks 
even thinking about having her mattress and bedding 
carried up to the chapel. They got in before water was 
over path. We brought over some of the eggs Brother 
Anderson brought today, and bread and things we thought 
we might need if we got water bound. 9:30. Teachers 
safe here in the parsonage, all but Adah and Mrs. Rat- 
ley who are with the girls in the dormitory, and the 
Teeds and Mr. Hall safe in the Wheeler Home high on 
the hill, with the boys. All basements flooded and water 
rising fast. 

10:00 P. M. Adah phoned over that the girls were all 
frightened and crying as the waters were swirling around 
the building. Papa told her to get them together and sing 
and pray. She did this and all are in bed, quiet, but per- 
haps not asleep. The Lord was good to give us this in- 
tercommunication set. 11:00. Waters getting too close to 
parsonage to suit us. It's up to our kitchen steps. We 
have no boat to get out. We are now cut off from the 
boys' help. As he always does when there is flood dan- 
ger, Papa says he will not go to bed. 

Midnight. Papa insists I go to bed as he vdll stay u;i 
and see if there will be a necessity of our putting u ;] 
anything. To bed but not to sleep as thought of Mrsj 
Ratley and Adah and the children being cut off from u! 
even though their dormitory is safe and our house ii 
above the high water mark. Back to bed. At 2:30, Pap! 
hears furnace making queer noises, so turns it off. I! 
a couple hours Papa calls us as waters are getting neaj 
our floor. The four teachers and I hurriedly get out oi 
bed. They wisely take time to dress, but I just thre^j 
a house coat on and we all began throwing things frorj 
lowest part of floors and some of the lower dresser draw| 
ers; lifted davenport up on chairs. In half an hour w| 
were all wading water, as cold water got deeper, wj 
women folks stopped work. We each got a chair an! 
put feet on another. At last Papa thought he had mos! 
of the things up, so took a chair with feet on anotheii 
He had brought in a lot of coal and placed it on Kitche i 
porch in case we might get cut off, but porch and coj 
all now washed away. j 

7 A. M. Wed. All still perched in chairs. Mr. Teel 
phones he is trying everywhere to find a boat. Sent fo{ 
Johnny Haddix to bring his mules, but by time he gci 
here, water too deep. See some of our chickens floatin;.; 
past our vdndow. Water about 6 ft. deep outside oui 
window. No way of escape but by boat. 

7:30 A. M. Papa stands up in water and has prayel 
asking the Lord to either stop flow of water or send u; 
a boat. He then sat down and began singing "What i 
Friend We Have in Jesus." All joined in. We expecte! 
to see water stop at once, but it kept coming, but jus! 
before it got to the seat of the chairs where we wer 
sitting, came the cry "The boat is coming." Only twj 
could i-ide at one time as boat not too strong. Papa lej 
us through the waters through the living room, oj 
through the kitchen to the back door where the boa I 
was. Mr. Teed helped us in, two at a time. I was afrai, 
to even look up for fear I'd shake the boat. Miss Stoffe! 
told us afterward that was the way she felt. Mr. Ha! 
and two neighbors met us at the slippery bank. I jusi 
knew I would slide down but they held us firm as W| 
"slipped up." Mr. Teed started back again till all teachj 
ers safe in the Wheeler Home. 

10 A. M. Adah phones from dormitory that water Jj 
creeping over the floors there, something it has nevei 
done before, so boat starts its trek back and forth agai; 
till all girls safely landed at Wheeler Home. Adah anj 
Ada Lu on last trip and as boat was accidentally tipped 
out went Ada Lu. She was quickly rescued. 

10:30. All teachers and students safe at Wheeler Homr 
The Teeds graciously making things comfortable for um 
giving us what we need to get dry and warm. (I had lei! 
everything but gown and house coat down home.) Watej 
still rising, so we know it's above the teachers' thing j 
at Myers Hall and our home. Wondering how Mrs. Keij 
singer and the Krypton folks are faring. Wed. nighi 
Mrs. Ratly helped Mrs. Teed get us all something to ea, 
Girls are making floor beds and the rest of us occupj! 
ing rooms up stairs. Some of the boys have gone hom 
so there is room. Teeds wonderful hosts to refugees. 

Jan. 31. Thura. Water went down through the nighi 
All had a good breakfast at Wheeler Home and thcj 
came down through the slimy mud to our homes. Suc| 

MARCH 2, 1957 


a sight! In our haste we had forgotten to put up a lot 
of things. Our home was bad enough, but Myer's Hall 
was something awful! What a mess! Girls helped us 
all spend the day sweeping out the smelly mud and to- 
night finds all tired, but have made a good start on the 
cleaning up job. A boy from over the hills says Mrs. 
Kessinger had to move out and one end of Haddix bridge 
knocked out. (Found out since this was written that 
Mrs. Kessinger had to sit up two nights in a chair as 
all bedding and everything was water soaked.) 

Feb. 1. Fri. No school of course and all any one did 
today was to clean up. Girls helped wash teachers' wet 
clothes. Papa called on those at Lost Creek whose homes 
were flooded and found some much worse hit than we. 

Feb. 5 and 6. Tues. and Wed. Adah called up furnace 
man at Lexington telling him about our having no heat 
from oil furnace. He told us not to touch it till some- 
one who understood it looked after it, so early Wed. 
morning he came right up and got it to going. Nice to 
have heat in the water-soaked rooms. Been four days 
without it. It's worth the $75.00 it cost to get him up. 
Folks from Lexington have sent in tons of clothing and 
some food for those who lost things in the flood. Have 
it stacked in the chapel of the Log House. Clara Jackson 
agreed with the Red Cross folks at Jackson to look af- 
ter the distribution of these things. Enough sent in to 
supply all who have lost clothing or food. 


(Continued from Page 8) 

Inasmuch as Mr. Eash, the architect, could not be present 
until Monday evening, specific discussion on the proposed 
plans was held up until then. 

On Monday evening members of the Building Com- 
mittee, the Finance Committee and additional members 
of the Official Board met with Mr. Eash, Reverend 
Lichtenberger and me to go over the proposed building 
jplans. After several hours of explanation, discussion and 

study, with some minor but important alterations, the 
plans were approved. The following Wednesday evening 
the committee reported their action of approval to the 
congregational meeting. Mr. Eash gave a brief explana- 
tion of the building plans and answered questions asked 
by members of the congregation. 

The tentative schedule calls for construction on the 
sanctuary to begin some time in April. 

I want to commend the Sarasota pastor, the Official 
Board and the committees for their fine work, for their 
zeal and for their vision of the future development of 
the Brethren Church in Sarasota. — W. C. B. 

Slath to iRpat 

EIKENBERRY. Ward Eikenberry passed away on Nov. 
14, 1956, aged 74 years. Member of the First Brethren 
Church of Flora, serving as a trustee for many years. 
Was active in the vrork of the church as long aa he was 
able. Survived by wife, one daughter and one son. Ser- 
vices at the chui'ch; officiating clergymen were Rev. N. 
V. Leatherman and the undersigned. 

BARNARD. Mrs. Charles Barnard passed away on 
Dec. 6, 1956, aged 91 years. Life-long resident of the 
Flora community; faithful member of the First Breth- 
ren church for many years. Survived by two sons and 
one daughter. Sei-vice at the Carter Funeral Home con- 
ducted by the undersigned. 

COIN. Mrs. Mary Coin, resident of the Brethren's 
Home in Flora, passed away in the Home on Feb. 2, 
1957, aged 91 years. Had been a resident of the Home 
for 26 years and a member of the First Brethren church. 
Was a devout Christian and attended the services in the 
home as long as she could. Had been confined to her 
room for some months. Service in the Brethren's Home 
conducted by the undersigned. 

C. A. Stewart. 


W jKeTo inlc Francis JBerlksloire 



MARCH 6: Ash Wednesday. In the Roman Catholic 
and other Western Churches this date opens the season 
tof Lent. While we do not follow any strict liturgical 
Icalendar it is well for us to know the significance of this 
day in our church history. 

j In the Western Churches the palm branches blessed 
on the Palm Sunday of the previous year are burned to 
ashes and placed in a vessel on the altar. Then on the 
following Ash Wednesday the congregation comes to the 
altar and kneels. The sign of the cross is made upon the 

foreheads with these ashes as the words "Remember, O 
man, that dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return" 
are repeated by the administering priest. 

MARCH 8: World Day of Prayer. 

MARCH 10: First Sunday in Lent. This name goes back 
to Anglo-Saxon "lencten" meaning "spring." Lent marks 
the forty days' fast preparatory to the celebration of 
Easter. While we do not calculate it to mean strict "fast- 
ing," it is a very good time of renewal and rededication 
of our Christian committment. With this special self-dis- 
cipline and thought the commemoration of the Resurrec- 
tion will bring greater significance to the Christian. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 



rVO BIG RALLIES in Indiana on February 17 and 
18 made me feel very much at home out there in 
that Hoosier state. I'm sure the same was true for all 
the others that attended, even though they were "home" 
to begin with. Take a good look at each rally separately 
and see how this state of Indiana has been showing a lot 
of life and energy the last couple of months. 


THE MILFORD BRETHREN were perfect hosts to an 
overflow crowd on Sunday afternoon and evening, Feb- 
ruary 17. One Hundred Fifty youth and twenty adults 
were present to bring the total to 170 for the day's at- 
tendance. Elkhart, who brought a bus loaded with 40 
of their young people, took the attendance banner home 
for the second straight time. I was told this is the first 
time that had ever been done. Congratulations, Elkhart. 
T doubt if you can keep it three times in a row. Bryan 
will be back to challenge you again at the next rally. 

The afternoon program began with singing and devo- 
tions led by the Milfoid young people, who did a very 
fine job of preparing us for the opening of the rally. 
Then Bonnie Swihart, district president, conducted the 
business meeting in a direct and interesting manner. The 
district voted to present National Brethren Youth with a 
check for $100.00 to assist with current expenses. Thank 
you very much folks. This "boost" is greatly appreciated! 

Other business included setting a date for the next 
rally — the one after the all-Indiana rally on May 4th 
at the Eskimo Inn. September 15 was chosen as the time 
for gath.ering for the fall rally and this will be held 
at New Paris. If you have a date book, better write that 
down right away. Did I ? You bet I did. 

Mr. John Porte of South Bend, one of the District ad- 
visors, was then given time to make final arrangements 
for transportation to BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS. 
After this business session, your Youth Director pre- 
sented a report of the National B. Y. work and rsked 
for support in the Project of $6,666.66 for Sarasota and 
Europa. To close this part of the afternoon meeting, we 
all considered the calls that are coming to young people 
from the various plrces they can serve, such as Nigeria, 
South America, pulpits, business, Kentucky and even 
our school mates. This challenge was brought by the 
singing of a Nigerian folk song entitled "Koom Ba Yah" 
which means "Come By Here." I hope all of you in 
Northern Indiana will continue to sing that song at home 
in your meetings. 

A vei-y delicious light lunch was served by the ladies 
of the Milford church, for far more than they had orig- 
inally planned to serve. Before the evening program sev- 
eral musical selections were presented by trumpet and 
flute soloists and several hymns were sung. Then Mr. 
Bob Lemler brought a very different and interesting 
talk on "Basketfuls of Forgotten Giants." He mentioned 

things which all of us have at hand, but only a few pec| 
pie use. Whether we use desire, imagination, persistenc(| 
enthusiasm and personality makes the difference betwee|i 
success and failure. He gave us all some valuable thing!; 
to think about as we left the rally to travel home afte 
a very encouraging day. jj 



ana created a fine, healthy atmosphere for a good tim| 
of skating and fellowship for 175 youth and adults c 
Southern Indiana on February 18. There isn't much yo 
can say about a bunch of people that go around in cii 
cles all evening, but the highlights of the business meellj 
ing will be interesting to you. 

Rev. Horace Huse conducted the devotions of the evd 
ning using the instructions Paul gave to the "athlete" cf 
ninni'ng the race well. Youth National Director was give| 
some time to talk briefly about the National Work, agaiji 
emphasizing the National Project and the importance cf 
each individual group at home. 

Jim Gable, district president, conducted the busines 
session at which time it was decided to hold the nesj 
Southern District Rally in the early part of August- 1 
before National Conference. The roll call showed thgi 
Center Chapel walked home again with the attendant 
banner and this was followed with an election of officer 
The results are as follows: 

President Jerry Gable, Center Chapi ! 

Vice-Pres David Stout, College Corm 

Secretary Elaine Lippold, Lore ' 

Treasurer Becky Sue Ayres, North Manchestt i 

Chorister Lavaughn Kindley, North Mancheste I 

Pianist Margaret Kindley, North Manchesttj 

Adult Advisor Rev. Bright Hanna, College Come! 

Recreation Directors: 

Judy Pennycoff and Annette Summers, Center Chap( 

Congratulations to you new officers. Keep up the goo 
work that is now going in your district. 


goes to Mr. Harold Haenes of the South Bend Brethrd 
Church for painting the Brethren Youth name on on 
new Station-wagon. His fine work sets the new Ford oi 
just right. 


Pennsylvania rally at Berlin March 

All-Indiana rally at Eskimo Inn May 


DON'T FORGET SPRING CAMP, whatever you d. 
That's going to be held at Milledgeville on March 22-2; 
Rev. Rowsey is working hard to arrange a good prograi^ 
of activities. Dean Flora of Ashland Theological Sem 
nary and I will be present to assist wherever possibl 
We hope you are also there to let everyone know that tl' 
Central District is still on the map and very active. 

/[ARCH 2, 1957 


Dtewardship Thoughts 

by John T. Byler 


LOT OF PEOPLE are going to be disappointed on 
the day of judgment when they awaken to a start- 
ing discovery. They will learn that their salvation was 
lot obtainable through the religion of their mother or 
grandmother. It is James (4:17) who says: "To him who 
moweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin." 
["here are many individuals who have grown up in Chris- 
|ian homes, who have sat under the ministry of the 
thurch, and have been privileged to listen to the lan- 
guage of the kingdom of God, and yet, they themselves 
lave never expei^ienced salvation. It has never been ap- 
plied to their own lives, for they have never known what 
it meant to be converted. 

The Jews were a highly privileged people, who were 
fiven the opportunity of handling the oracles of God. 
Phey had the Scriptures; they had the first opportunity 
]0 accept Christ; they were very particular about their 
■eligion and its observance. Yet — Jesus intimated that 
he publicans and harlots would find acceptance in the 
dngdom of God before they would. 

The historian Gibbon makes a very interesting observa- 
ion of the Greek Christians in the 10th century who 
illowed Christianity to degenerate. They had every op- 
)ortunity to apply Christianity to their lives; they knew 
ts language and were acquainted with its writings. But 
ts power was not a part of them. Gibbon says: "They 
leld in their lifeless hands the riches of their fathers 
vithout inheriting the spirit which had created and im- 
)arted that sacred patrimony. They read; they praised; 
hey compiled; but their languid souls seemed alike in- 
:apable of thought and action." 

Exposure to Christianity is not a guarantee of its 
)eing caught. James warns us that we must put into 
)ractice the things that we know — otherwise we com- 
nit sin. And that is the process of Stewardship — putting 
nto practice the things that we know! Are you a prac- 
icing hearer of the Word? 


(Continued from Page 2) 

Bates notes in his bulletin that tentative plans are under 
?vay to have the official dedicatory service for the new 
Educational addition on Palm Sunday afternoon, and to 
ise the new building for the first on Easter Sunday. 

Pastor and Mrs. H. H. Rowsey, was guest speaker in the 
Milledgeville church on February 10th. John, with his 
A^ife, Regina, and baby girl, is on assignment as technical 
missionary in radio work to our South American mission 

MULVANE, KANSAS. Youth Sunday, February 3rd, 
was observed with the youth taking charge of the morn- 

ing and evening worship services. Three of the young 
men gave short messages at the evening service. 

From the Mulvane bulletin we learn that there were 
41 present at a recent Thursday evening Bible Study 







b)? Helen Jordan 

ONE DAY LONG AGO, as I visited in the home of 
my husband's parents, I noticed on the wall a little 
plaque with an inscription I had never, at that time, 
read before. It said, 

"Only one life 
'Twill soon be past 
Only what's done 
For Christ will last." 

This made a great impression upon me at that time, 
and has stayed imprinted upon my memory ever since, 
for I knew it was true. I realized how full most of us 
fill our lives with things which count for nothing. I was 
reminded also, that the decision to accept Christ as Sav 
ior, though the most important decision in life, was just 
the first decision to be made for the faithful follower. 

Life is very busy these days. It is my impression that 
it has become increasingly so as the years go by, not 
only for me, but for all the people I know. On every 
hand I see nervously, energetic people scurrying frantic- 
ally around trying to crowd into every busy day as many 
activities as possible. 

We live in a remarkable world. Never has the world 
offered more wonderful time savers. We should have a 
lot more time, but on the other hand, there has never 
been a time when the world was filled with more allur- 
ing time-passers. At the same time we have more or- 
ganizations, clubs, community activities, etc., than ever 
before. We are more aware of responsibilities outside 
our homes than has previously been true. Therefore, it 
seems we are constantly torn between doing this or that, 
going here or there. We cannot participate in everything 
we'd like to, or even feel we should. 

How then, do we decide what should consume our time? 
For the Christian there is just one good answer. We 
should fill our days with that which will count the most 
with eternity in view. Now, that is easy to say but in- 
volves a great deal. It means we must make constant 
choices, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment 
to weed out all these unimportant things. We must not 
lazily drift along. It takes firm resolution and determina- 
tion to serve Christ first and above all else. I like the 
words of that chorus: "I am determined, I've made up my 
mind — I'll serve the Lord." 

Time does fly and the yeai'S do go swiftly by. I do 
want my life to count for something for Christ. How 
do you feel about it? 

Mrs. John Byler, 
New Lebanon, Ohio. 


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March 9. 1957 

No. 10 

Proclaimins the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. An attendance of 190 is re- 
ported for Sunday morning, February 10th, with the 
average attendance running well over the 110 mark since 
the first of the year. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. The music of the Lay- 
men's Chorus was featured at the evening service on Feb- 
ruary 17th. 

David L. Rambsel writes: "The Church recently elected 
and ordained three new deacons and two deaconesses." 

Brother N. V. Leatherman was radio devotional speaker 
over WAYZ the week of February 18th. 

The Brownies of the Girl Scout movement, from 
Wayne Heights, are the scheduled guests of the Wayne 
Heights Brethren at their services on March 10th. 

JOHNSTOWN, PENNA. (THIRD). The Father and 
Son banquet was held February 28th. Chief Charles 
Griffith of the Johnstown Police Force was the scheduled 

Sixty-three attended the Youth Fellowship banquet at 
the Third Church on February 15th. 

LOUISVILLE, OHIO. Brochures explaining the antici- 
pated building addition and improvement program 
at the Louisville church have been sent out to all 

(Continued on Page 19) 


The Indiana State Mission Board would appre- 
ciate your contributions and offerings for State 
Mission work. 

It will be only a few short months until State 
Conference; has your church filled its obliga- 
tions for State Mission work? 

Send your offerings to: 

Charles E. Smith, Secretary, 
220 Marine Avenue 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

MULVANE, KANSAS. Evangelistic Services— Mat' 
11-24— Rev. John T. Byler, Evangelist; Rev. M. > 
Dodds, Pastor. 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— March 1 
31— Rev. V. E. Meyer, Evangelist; Rev. Arthur H. Tink< 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meeting 
March 25- April 7 — Dr. John F. Locke, Evangelist; Rei 
Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 

NEWARK, OHIO. Revival-Evangelistic Campaign) 
March 24-31— Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Willia! 
S. Crick, Pastor. : 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Evangelistic Services— March 2! 
April 7 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Albert | 
Ronk, Pastor. j 

Revival Services — April 1-12 — Rev. Woodrow Brai 
Evangelist; Rev. David L. Rambsel, Pastor. j 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revival Services— Mar 
10-17 — Rev. William H. Anderson, Pastor-Evangelist. \ 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Revival Meeting— April 1- 
— Rev. William H. Anderson, Evangelist; Rev. John ,, 
Byler, Pastor. J 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services— Beginning Map' 
25th — Rev. Henry Bates, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin Jj 
Grumbling, Pastor. , 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Evangelistic Services- 
March 24-31— Dean Delbert B. Flora, Evangelist; Rej 
H. H. Rowsey, Pastor. 

CHEYENNE, WYOMING. "Campaign for Souls"- i 
March 11-24 — Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Evangelist; Re: 
Frank W. Garber, Pastor. 

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Tlie Vopularity of Ghrist 

IV7HEN JESUS WALKED upon the earth 
W there were many people who Hked Him, and 
here were many who did not. The scriptures con- 
ain many references to the popularity of our 
^ord as He went about among men. These we 
ould now well study as at this season of the year 
^^e are approaching the commemoration of the 
lay when men of His day had to make a definite 
lecision for or against Him. Let us consider first 
lis popularity. 

a His ministry Jesus went about all Galilee, 
eaching . . . , preaching the gospel of the king- 
lorn, healing all manner of sickness and all man- 
ler of disease among the people. No wonder it 
ays that there followed Him great multitudes of 
leople from Galilee . . . 

x)rd's popularity increased because of the won- 
derful things He was doing for people and the 
•eople rushed Him and pressed upon Him every- 
i^here He went. Even when He would go into a 
esert place or mountain the people thronged 
lim. Jesus was supplying the things the people 
elt they needed. 

LY. Our Lord had a message of hope and assur- 
nce which people who had little or nothing of 
jhis world's goods were eager to hear. It has 
ften been said that the Christian religion is a 
poor folks' religion, appealing to those who had 
jiothing in this life and thus could lose nothing 
pr hoping for something better in the next. 
Possessing scarcely the bare necessities of life, 
common people" could augment their lack by 
linging to a Lord who promised to provide their 
very need. So, it is said that for this reason, the 
ommon people heard Him gladly. 

It is cruel to so label the Christian religion, 
lommon people who follow Christ are of those 
/ho have long since learned that real satisfac- 
jion in life is not found in things. Something 
/hich many who are rich in this world's goods, 
roud, haughty and lifted up in self-sufficiency, 
ave never learned. 

The common people hear Him gladly because 
they find in Him a source of comfort, peace and 
security which other classes of people have 
learned to seek in their self-sufficiency. Let us 
be sure that whether we have much or little of 
this world's goods, that we do not become ultra- 
self-sufficient. To be stripped of this world's 
goods, fame, position or security would thus leave 
us destitute and empty. 

The popularity of Christ in His day did rest 
largely upon the material things which He gave 
to people, and upon the physical things He did 
for them. Yet let us never forget that our Lord 
was not just another welfare agent pouring out 
free food and medical help. Whether the people 
openly acknowledged it or not, they knew that 
behind the gift or the deed was the love and com- 
passion of Jehovah. They felt it, saw it, in every- 
thing Jesus did for them. 

Our Lord, having shown His divinity and di- 
vine power, then began to manifest His love for 
the people relative to their spiritual and eternal 
needs. As today, we find that the preaching of 
the gospel of repentance caused many to "walk 
no more with Him." As Christ neared the cross 
and the eternal matters came to the forefront, 
the multitudes turned away. 

It does seem strange that a person will do all 
he can to assure himself of temporal security 
and show absolutely no concern for his most im- 
portant need — the redemption of his eternal soul. 
Yet it was that way in the days of our Lord. He 
was popular as He fed, as He healed and restored. 
He was unpopular when the real and basic inter- 
ests of life were faced. 

Coupled with the antagonism invoked by the 
religious leaders, because of His popularity with 
the multitudes, Jesus found Himself in a rather 
lonely position as He faced the cross. Bitter 
hatred on the part of His enemies, the multi- 
tudes walking no more with Him, and His dis- 
ciples forsaking Him and fleeing, Jesus, though 
He was doing His greatest work for man, had 
to do it all alone. 

Is Christ popular with us today? Do we hail 
Him not only as the provider of every need, but 
also as the blessed Redeemer of our souls? De- 
cision time is upon us! W. S. B. 




Brethren Church History 

by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 

Marifland's Civil War Preacher 

Part Two 

DAVID LONG, the Civil War preacher's life was a 
contribution to his fellow men. Like many of his 
fellow ministers he felt that the Minister should take 
nothing for his labors or for his support. The story is 
told that one time he had journeyed to a middle western 
state to conduct an Evangelistic meeting. After a num- 
ber of nights of preaching one of the attendants came 
to him and said: 

"Don't you take any offerings?" 

"No," said Elder Long, "The Gospel is free." 

"I pay for my tobacco and my liquor and am ready 
to pay for my preaching. Take this money," said the 
man. This was the only remuneration received for his trip 
or the meeting. 

The terrible battle, the bloodiest of the war between 
the states left the once peaceful brick church a bloody 
shambles. Being in the center of the Confederate lines 
meant that it drew the fire of the Northern Armies. The 
church building was used for a hospital immediately fol- 
lowing the battle. Blood stained furniture attests today 
nearly a century later of the suffering and sacrifice of a 
day which exists only in history and the memories of 
an aged few. 

Elder D. P. Sayler of Detour, Frederick County, Mary- 
land, headed a move to raise funds for the restoration 
of the church following the battle. A plate was affixed 
to the restored building attesting to the fact that it had 
undergone the vicissitudes of war. The foundation of the 
church awaits the reconstruction of the building. The 
plate which for years had been imbedded or fastened to 
the church now adorns a post by the side of the foun- 
dation and hard by the busily traveled road. 

Dr. W. S. Shealy of Sharpsburg, President of The 
Washington County Historical Society, of which the 
Author is a member heads a move to celebrate the Cen- 
tennial of the battle. It is hoped at this time to have a 
restoration of the famous shell marked church, which is 
perhaps one of the most famous churches of Civil War 
times. Work is progressing along the line and the Fed- 
eral Government is interested. A storm struck the weak- 
ened walls of the church on May 21, 1923 causing its 
collapse. However much of the original material remains 
in the community. 

The Civil War, as the ungodly and uncivil conflic 
was called, did much to mix up the people of variou 
sections of the country. For instance, there was a youn,[ 
man from Kansas City, Missouri, who enlisted as a prii 
vate in the Northern Army and donned the uniform o 
Blue. His name was Frank Holsinger, or as some writer] 
called him, Franklin. How he got to Missouri, whethe' 
he was a descendant of the Pennsylvania Holsingen' 
which was likely, is unknown to the writer. If he was] 
he was likely a descendant of Alexander Mack. When h| 
became a Dunkard, as they were called, is not knowij 
but he did. He was in the battle of Antietam. He cam! 
out of the war a Major. During part of the battle, h' 
with another soldier, had taken cover in the Piper barrj 
which still stands. The companion, looking around, saict 
"There is a chicken." "Where," said Holsinger. "Ove; 
there," said the first soldier. Holsinger captured thi 
chicken, killing it and hiding it under his military coa' 
until that night he had a chance to roast it in the cam;} 
fire. "That was the best chicken I ever ate," he said, i 

Officer Holsinger was in the thickest of the battle. At th ' 
close of day he was making his way off the field when he wa I 
challenged by a Sentry who had been in a place of safet; 
all day. Holsinger "paid him no mind." "Halt!" yellej 
the Sentry a second time. Still Holsinger ignored hini 
"Halt," called the Sentry the third time, "Or I wii 
shoot." "If you want to shoot so bad just go over th| 
hill and there you will find plenty of shooting," said Holi 
singer. The above mentioned Holsinger became the sor| 
in-law of Elder David Long. It would be interesting t' 
know the various steps which brought this about. Whe; 
did he meet the Long family, especially the daughter \ 
Where were they married ? When were they married ■ 
The answers to some of these questions are likely burie 
in the musty files and records in the old Court Housf] 
at Hagerstown. After the wedding the couple returns 
to Kansas where they made their home. H. R. Holsinge] 
gives an interesting story in his history, page 800, whici 
should have the attention of the reader, though it wi ! 
not be given in this production. He tells of a communio 
meeting at Plattsburg, Missouri, in 1873, which Frankli j 
Holsinger attended and at which time he met with j 
Brother in the church by the name of Addison Harpe:! 
He had been a Confederate General in the Army. TbJ 
General and the Major, both now Brethren sat down t 

tfARCH 9, 1957 


Plate that was placed 

on the Dunker Church 

following the battle. 

Photograph by 
Freeman Ankrum. 

;alk. They reminisced long over the bloody days of the 
var between the states. 

Life continued to go on, and where there is life there 
s death. An old yellowed sheet loaned the writer by 
Urs. Howard Reichard, states, "Quite recently, August 5, 
he grim messenger, Death, entered the home of our 
iged elder, David Long and took from his side his con- 
;tant and genial companion of nearly half a century 
:nown to the community as Aunt Mary Long, and 
cnown to the family as 'Mother.' Aunt Mary was one of 
hose amiable, lovable, trusting, affectionate women, of 
vhom the world never has too many. Those who knew 
ler best, are loudest in expression of praise. 

"The great concern of her life was her family and the 
;hurch. Her self-sacrificing spirit was ever manifested in 
ler labors of love. Through her consistent Christian life 
ler entire family united with the church. Two sons and 
;hree sons-in-law are ministers. The last few years of 
ler life her mental condition has not been good, but it 
mly deemed to increase her desire for worship and de- 
motion, and her greatest distress was that she could no 
onger bow around the family altar. The immediate cause 
)f her death was inflammation of the bowels. She leaves 
ileven children and her beloved husband to mourn their 
oss. Her age was seventy-one years, four months and 
ileven days. 

"The large concourse that formed the procession to the 
pld Manor church was an attestation of the high re- 
gard in which she was held. Bro. Ephraim Stoner con- 
lucted the funeral services from Heb. 4:9, assisted by 
|)rethren Wolfe and Bricker." The time of her death was 
Vugust 4, 1890. The old tomb stone, now resting flat 
ipon the ground tells of her death. Her burial was in 
-he Manor cemetery across from the church. 
I The last days of the old Elder or Bishop, as he was 
called by many in the church at large, were lonely. He 
vorked hard both on his farm and in the work of the 
;hurch. His age showed him that it was not possible 
continue to do the work of the farm and the church 
is well. He, as a man, was a wonderful executive and 
mew just how to get the most work out of his men, but 
levertheless, lean days came to him. His faithful cane, 

he called his "Horse." At times of great loneliness he 
would say, "I will take my horse and go up to Reich- 
ards." They would look out down the road and see the 
old white bearded man slowly coming to the large stone 
house where he sought comfort, and peace with under- 
standing among his relatives. 

Time made changes. Came the surveyors and in the 
course of time there was the railroad with its loud noises 
of trains to disturb the peace of the sylvan valley. The 
large place of 180 or 200 acres had been divided and 
when the estate was closed out later on, the place was 
approximately 100 acres as it is today. The farm, as 
wei-e many in those days, was largely self contained. 
Few trips were made to the store, and then only to se- 
cure what could not be pi-oduced on the farm. He set 
out many peach and apple trees. He erected his own cider 
press and made much cider and vinegar. The old Ash 
Hopper furnished lye from wood ashes to make their 
soap. The Author tried to estimate the number that 
could be accommodated in the large dining room. It ap- 
peared that there might be the possibility of 50 being 
seated. It is now used for a combined living and dining 
room by the genial Shaws. 

For forty seven years. Elder Long preached for the 
Manor, the Marsh and the Downsville churches. His vigor 
was great up until the end of his life. His horse and 
buggy were familiar sights on the various rocky lime- 
stone roads. On a Sunday morning, January 16, he was 
scheduled to preach in the Downsville church. The snow 
was on the roads, and the cold of winter was upon the 
land. Roads were badly drifted, but even though at 
times it is too bad for the members to attend, it is sel- 
dom too bad for the Minister, and so he would not be 
stayed. Hitching up his faithful horse he battled his way 
to the little brick church. Likely preaching to a handful. 
Coming home he battled the snow and the cold. He soon 
found that he was paying a big price for his faithful- 
ness. In a couple of days pneumonia set in. Let us listen 
to the words of one long departed. "At one o'clock Sun- 
day morning (January 23, 1897, Author) at his home in 
Spring Grove near Fairplay, died one of the most prom- 
inent and oldest citizens of Washington County. Had 



he lived until Friday of next week he would have been 
77 years old. He was vigorous and active up within four 
or five days of his death, when he was seized with an 
attack of pneumonia which carried him off." 

The writer of that far off day continues, "In his con- 
nection with the church, Bishop Long was an acknowl- 
edged leader in this state and was one of the strongest 
pillars of the church organization. For many years he 
represented his people at the annual conferences of the 
church and he exerted a deep influence upon the church 
throughout the country. He has gone to Pennsylvania and 
the Western states as a delegate in his church so often 
that he became one of the most widely known men of 
his day in the church. He indelibly impressed his ear- 
nest convictions upon the ministry and the laity and de- 

Spiritual iflDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Ten maidens . . . took their lamps and went to meet 
the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were 
wise." Matthew 25:1, 2. 

A PLEASANT PICTURE— the ten maids dressed for 
attendance at a wedding. Of course the bridegroom 
was taken, but who knows but that some handsome young 
man might be attracted to them and they too would be 
the leading character at a like occasion at some later 
date ? It is right and permissable for young people to 
have dreams of weddings of their own. But too often 
young people think nothing about preparations neces- 
sary to insure a happy termination of the contract they 
enter into when they marry. Wedding dresses and their 
accompaniments, a ring (diamond if the poor groom can 
at all afford it), the groom's wedding gift, the music, 
the admiring glances of relatives and friends, the wed- 
ding "breakfast," the wedding trip, then the coming 
back to a newly-furnished home and the long, happy 
days of the enjoyment of all the gifts and congratula- 
tory messages of those unable to attend the ceremony. 

But all this is only "fuss and feathers" if the "little 
bride" has not made the necessary preparation — by 
practice of the arts of home-making and economy — to 
develop that new home into a real dwelling place. The 
five foolish virgins took no thought of what they should 
do to be ready to enter with the others to the enjoy- 
ment of the ceremony. 

In the crises of life, which we all must face some 
time in life, each of us must depend upon our own 
spiritual resources; and these qualities (the oil for our 
lamps) may not be passed from one person to another. 
These qualities must be developed within us. Marriage 
is for life, and those who can see no farther than the 
present and the glitter and glamour of the wedding are 
apt to have some rude awakenings later. And those who 
procrastinate about their preparation for facing the 
future for their soul, are apt to find life "tumbling in 
on them," and find themselves unprepared to meet the 

fended the tenets and customs of the church in a ford 
ble manner which has done much to preserve and identij 
fy the Dunkard church throughout the county, which is ! 
strong and vigorous denomination." \ 

Elder Long was one of the county's leading citizens 
whose name spread beyond his home county, and even be 
yond the boundarys of his state. The funeral took placi 
on Tuesday, January 25, at the Manor church which h 
had served so faithfully over such a long period of timej 
A large concourse of people assembled to pay their lasj 
tribute of respect to the aged warrior of the cross wh 
had fallen in line of duty. 

Even though the weather was bitter cold, many cam , 
long distances and a writer states, "The assemblage wa j 
the largest ever gathered at that old church in atten! 
dance upon a funeral." Services were conducted by Elde • 
D. F. Stouffer, of Benevola and Bishop Ephraim Stoneij 
of Union Bridge. Bishop Stoner, in his remarks, referreii 
to the life of Christian devotion which the deceased alway' 
led. During the life time of the deceased it was his cusl 
tom to have family worship morning and evening and t! 
ask a blessing before each meal and give thanks at th i 
close of the meal. The Bishop related an incident of one o i 
the grandchildren, who, after having paid his grandfath' 
er a visit, child like, said "Grandfazzer prays eight time; 
a day." There were thirteen Ministers at his funeral. ' 

Let us look at the report of the family at the tim ' 
of his death as the record states, "he was the father o ; 
a large family. His wife having died about eight year: 
ago and his surviving children are as follows: Mrsi 
Susan Yourtee, wife of Rev. E. H. Yourtee of Brownsi 
ville; D. Melvin Long, Trappe, Md.; Mrs. Francis Holt 
singer, wife of Capt. Frank Holsinger of Kansas; Mrs! 
Lizzie Kendig, wife of Rev. James Kendig. Mrs. Kati! 
Myers, wife of Rev. Seth Myers, Altoona, Pa., Julii 
and Rev. Victor at home; Rev. Orville Long of the ol<; 
Folks Home, Shirleysburg, Pa." All but two were in at' 
tendance at the funeral. They lived so far away, for ex { 
ample in Kansas that the distance prevented their beinji 
present. It may be of interest to know that the daughte j 
Julia was a Sunday School teacher for years in the Sain 
James Brethren church. Thus over the years the churche 
have worked together and mingled in harmony and peace | 
which should be done even today. j 

Though Elder Long was submissive by nature he con I 
tended for his rights and the rights of others. He coul(j 
not look with pleasure upon departure from the churclj 
and its principles. He loved the association of his brethi 
ren and friends, and sought pleasure in pleasing them 
He was attached to his family and many were the sea; 
sons of joy when children, grandchildren; nieces an(; 
nephews assembled in the home of one whom they loved' 
They enjoyed his welcome greeting, his wise instruction 
his description of far away places for he had traveled fa;| 
and wide for one of his day. His life was one devotei, 
to the church — one to stand for primitive Christianity 
and one to prove the assertion "The world knows nothinji 
of its greatest men." 

He avoided giving offense to his brethren, and wa 
careful to adjust all differences arising between his chil 
dren. A family of that size was not without its differ 
ences of opinion. They would not have been normal ha<i 
they been otherwise, and always agreed. Progress wouli] 
have been stifled. He lived to serve, and no labor wa 

lARCH 9, 1957 


00 hard to render for his church and for his Lord whom 
e faithfully served. Much of the growth of the church 
^as due to his faithfulness as a shepherd of its flock. 
Volves were spotted and kept at a distance. Being hu- 
lan he had his weaknesses. A writer has ably stated, 
Among worldly men, during his life, he was known as 
)avid Long, and a wise counsellor, but when death called 
im from their weak vision, they said 'Adieu,' and called 
im the 'distinguished divine.' " 

"As a speaker he was noted for his forcible reasoning, 
lain speech and for adapting himself to his audience, so 
s to agreeably meet the wants of his hearers. He was 
ver wont to command their respect and attention. 

"Four sons bear his likeness, as well as that of their 
laster; over four states of the Union, and wherever 
is footsteps has been, live the many deeds his willing 
ands found to do. 

"Such is the life of one who, though dead, yet speak- 
th, and who can tell the abundance of such harvest." 

Yes it is true that when they met to settle his estate, 
he mortgages took the tangible assets. But he left an 
state that could not be measured in dollars and cents 
r stored in bank vaults. So often today we get our eyes 
pon the tangibles which will perish and fade away, for- 
:etting to look or think upon that which is intangible 
nd which goes on and on when the other is forgotten. 
Vhen they laid him by the side of his faithful compan- 
an in the Manor cemetery, they could not inter with his 
emains the monuments erected within the minds and 
jearts of numberless individuals whom he had lifted, 
lided or bettered. Others would take deed to the ances- 
jral acres, others who knew him not would till the lime- 
(tone dotted fields, but he lives on in the lives of his 
fhysical and spiritual descendants. "What did he leave?", 
iie man of the world would say or ask. "Nothing," the 
ther man of the world would reply. But was that true? 

Living in a rural district, and brought up by Chris- 
an parents, he gathered wisdom found only in nature's 
ihool, and learned the law of love and obedience. 

1 When they laid him away close by the church where 
je had spent many seasons of labor and joy in a grassy 
tound, to which those, who knew him approach with 
iverent step, pause, drop a tear and call him blessed, 
ot a believer that the good men do is "interred with 
leir bones," we are inclined to think that it takes an 
i;ernity for full fruition of the good deeds of the saints 
I God in this life. The men of his age have passed from 
pe scenes of action. Not a soldier who fought on Antie- 
pi that day soon after the Elder's sermon in the brick 
nurch remains alive, but principles cannot be destroyed 
ihen they are based upon a foundation of truth. The 
•owds of mirthful youth, venerable fathers and sainted 
others who gathered that fateful September day have 
il gone the way that all living shall go. The message 
ay be forgotten but impressions remain of the great 



jThe Brethren were antagonistic to slave holding and 
falized that it was the most expensive kind of labor pos- 
ble. Their efforts however to free them were along 
Jaceable lines. To them slavery was a National sin and 
ley hoped by moral persuasion to help eradicate this 
rrible evil. John Brown, the insane fanatic who took 
le name of "Smith" in Washington County, Maryland, 

used other methods to destroy that which he hated. In- 
consistent and hard to explain, he lighted the match 
which inflamed and set fire to the whole nation. At 
times he taught a Sunday School class near Mount Alto, 
Pennsylvania, in the church which stands hard by the 
road as it has stood for a hundred years. A Historian 
states, "the night before John Brown made the attack 
upon the Armory at Harper's Ferry, he preached in a 
Dunkard Church." The Author has a great curiosity to 
know just what church may have been meant. The meth- 
ods of Brown and the methods of the Brethren though 
both with the same end were entirely opposite. Our 
Brethren were loyal to their Government but opposed 
to war as a means of settling disputes. Time through 
the years has only attested to the correctness of their 

The oak grove, plowed and scarred by cannon shot and 
bullets, on the hill top has gone. The old rail fences along 
the Hagerstown pike are no longer there. The old church 
is gone with nothing remaining but the hilltop and the 
foundation. Other buildings have been erected where the 
Mumma farm buildings were burned. The soil enriched 
by the blood of the nation's young men produces in 
abundance. The sunken road, now "Bloody Lane," is 
viewed by the rapidly passing thoughtless and oftimes 
merry traveler. The sun which once glistened upon flash- 
ing arms now glistens upon countless monuments erected 
to the memory of the men who wore the Blue and the 
Gray of nearly a century ago. The fields which echoed 
to the feet of marching men and galloping horses are 
now echoing the exhausts of the farm tractors. The 
hills which once gave back the echo of the cannons' 
roar and the sharp crack of the rifles now gives forth 
the sounds of industry and peace. The horses which 
galloped riderless from the field gallop no more. 

The body of Maryland's Civil war preacher has long 
gone back to dust, but the things for which he stood are 
just as virile as ever and will remain so, for the truths 
of God are unchangeable as God, for He is their Author. 

St. James, Maryland. 



If a leading is of God, the way will always open 
for it. The Lord assures us of this when He 
says, "When he putteth forth his own sheep, he 
goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: 
for they know his voice." 

Notice here the expressions, "goeth before" 
and "follow." He goes before to open a way, and 
we are to follow in the way thus opened. 

It is never a sign of a divine leading when a 
Christian insists on opening his own way and 
riding roughshod over all opposing things. If 
the Lord goes before us, He will open all doors 
for us, and we shall not need ourselves to ham- 
mer them down. The Word declares, "Behold, I 
have set before thee an open door, and no man 
can shut it." — Christian's Secret of a Happy Life. 




ISO College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39582 

Contriboting Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gtn. See j 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER, Adm. Asiiita ! 


by recent floods in Kentucky, Margaret Lowery has 
been in need of help to "dig her out." This week, Feb- 
ruary 25, General Secretary Berkshire and John Rowsey 
have gone to lend a hand wherever they can. 

One week end four college students provided strong 
arms and a boost to morale for Margaret. We hope 
others will find it possible to help also. 

Some gifts of clothing and other supplies have been 
coming to the missionary office for this work. The Board 
appreciates all such contributions and would be happy 
to have them continue. 


Dean Robert Parsons, of Kennedy School of Missions, 
Hartford Seminary, (Hartford, Connecticut), visited the 
Missionary Board office on February 20. He explained 
the training program that is available for missionary 

This training school, which is undenominational, pro- 
vides language study, mission methods, introduction to 
cultures of various countries — taught by people who have 
lived in these countries — and many other courses needed 
by missionary candidates. These courses are taught on 
a graduate level, for the most part, supplementing col- 
lege and seminary training the student may already have 

The Krafts recently completed a year's work at Ken- 
nedy, specializing in linguistics. John and Regina Rowsey 
spent one semester there, studying Spanish and other 
courses related to their missionary plans. The Board has 
found their facilities very helpful in augmenting the 
preparation candidates have received in our own semi- 
nary. Kennedy seems to have what is needed for that 
last bit of specialized preparation before going to the 
foreign field. 


Within a few weeks foreign mission publicity 
will be going out to churches. If you want any 
change made in the number of bulletins, envelopes 
or other materials for your church, please send a 
request for such change to this office promptly. 
Bulletins will be sent in time to be used on April 
7 (the week before Palm Sunday). In this way the 
real appeal for mission giving can be made BE- 
FORE Easter. Please note this change in our plans 
for this year. Some of the foreign mission publicity 
may not come at the same time as the bulletins 
and envelopes, but may arrive later. 


Strikes on the East Coast have tied up shipping 
general and outgoing missionaries in particular. Tl 
Bischofs and Krafts have had various sailing dates ai 
boats changed, post-poned, etc. 

When I began writing this the date had been chang< 
from February 23 to March 2; however, before I tal 
this copy to the editor, another letter informs us th; 
the date for the sailing of their boat — African Pilot- 
is now scheduled for March 9. 

These recent delays have created a situation which d 
mands another change. The Bischofs' visa expires < 
April 6 and the boat leaving New York on March 9 
not due in the African port until April 6 or later; heni 
the Bischofs will have to fly back to the field. 

If their visa expired before the boat reached poi 
they would not even be permitted to land; they would 1 
sent back to the states. Now, if they fly and reach ^i 
geria before the expiration date of their visa, arrang 
ments for its renewal can be made from there. In< 
dentally, the Bischofs are very eager to be back on tl 
field and at work; therefore this change will doubtle 
be to their liking, but it will leave the Krafts to raal 
the trip alone. Because of the great amount of equipmeri 
it is essential that the Krafts go by boat. 

We sincerely hope these arrangements are final ai 
that the next time we report on their whereabouts, 
will be GOING— GOING— GONE! 


You will see in your foreign mission publicity, whii 
will i-each you soon, that the Missionary Board is as 
ing for an offering of $85,000 this year. Our rapidl 
growing program of world missions necessitates a co 
siderably increased budget, and we feel sure you w 
want to support it. 

In your local church, what is the goal for world m; 
sions this year? Do you have one? Winning, in any garrj 
would be difficult — if not impossible — without a goal, i 

How much is your church setting up as their objectivt 

Let's have a goal and REACH IT I , 

OUR F. B. I. (Faithful Brethren Investors' 

One of the finest uses to which Christians can put th( | 
money is in world missions. Recently one of our o\\ 
Brethren people, as a parting gift, left a substantial si' 
to our board for missionary work. 

Several years ago, Mr. F. L. Kleist invested $10,000. 
in an annuity with our Board. After his death the enti | 
amount of the annuity was released for use in woj ; 
missions. Now that a settlement of Mr. Kleist's est? I 
is being made, we learn that he left an additional 1 
quest in the amount of more than four thousand dolla , 



MARCH 9, 1957 


a number of shares of bank stock, and the balance due 
on the sale of a propei-ty. There are also a few other 
items which are convertible into cash. 

This Christian gentleman was very zealous for world 
missions and wanted his money to go on working in the 
interest of this great cause even, after he was gone. That 
is exactly what is being done. 

The Missionapy Board is always happy to make an 
annuity contract with anyone who is interested. Besides 
this, remembering the missionary program of our church 
in a will is a wonderful way of enabling one's money 
to work where he wants it to, for years to come. We 
rejoice in our splendid F. B. I. 


i An official of the National Association of Evangeli- 
pals urged United States Senators to halt economic aid 
^o Colombia "until such time as all religious violence is 
stopped" there. Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, in a letter to every 
member of the Senate, termed such a step a "moral obli- 
gation of our government." He is the NAE's secretary 
J5f public affairs. 

"It is evident that there has been growing Congres- 
sional concern over the increase of religious persecution 
In Colombia, South America," he wrote. "Our Washing- 
ton office, representing 49 evangelical mission agencies 
and a constituency in the United States of some two 
Itnillion evangelicals, has been increasingly concerned with 
'the situation in Colombia since 1943 when the latest era 
bf persecution began." With his letter, Dr. Taylor en- 
closed a memorandum of religious conditions in Colombia, 
listing alleged instances of persecution involving either 
Protestant nationals or missionaries from the U. S. One 
Example cited was "The closing of over 40 Protestant 
churches during 1956 by Colombia." 


Austria's Foreign Minister, Dr. Leopold Figl, says the 
jEast is turning against Communism and the West must 
take risks to help the People in Hungary. He made these 
tetatements to an American clergyman during an inter- 
View in Vienna. Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl, pastor of the 
(Mount Olivet Lutheran church in Minneapolis, largest 
jLutheran church in the U. S., said he was told by Dr. 
jFigl that 90 percent of the Hungarians are anti-Com- 
imunists. He said that the free world is obligated to help 
the refugees in Austria "if we are to crush Communism." 
If the Hungarian refugees are helped to raise their stan- 





dard of living, they will tell their relatives in Hungary, 
he said, and that will give them courage to resist the 
Kadar regime. He said the Hungarian revolution is just 
the beginning of an uprising that will be universal if 
the West will provide the concrete help. 

Meanwhile, an unidentified Roman Catholic bishop in 
Hungary has charged that the communist government in 
Hungary is confiscating 90 per cent of Red Cross relief 
supplies. The letter, smuggled out of Hungary and made 
public by the pastor of a Hungarian Roman Catholic 
church in St. Louis, Missouri, said that the gifts of the 
Red Cross are embezzled, nine times out of ten, by the 
Soviets, nothing going to the people, and the Reds sell 
them for money. The letter urged that relief be sent 
through a certain underground organization. 

At Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, the ten-thousandth Hun- 
garian refugee to be resettled by the Catholic Relief 
Services — National Catholic Welfare Conference, was 
cleared to journey to Joliet, Illinois, where he will start 
a new life of freedom with his wife and eight children. 
Since the first plane landed in the U. S. on November 21 
some 22,253 Hungarian refugees have entered this coun- 
try. About 250 planes have flown the ocean, and three 
transports have been utilized to bring the refugees to 
the United States. 


A prayer meeting ushered in Prohibition at Baytown, 
part of a large area of suburban Houston, Texas, that 
voted by a narrow margin to halt the sale of beer and 
liquor. A Baptist pastor presided at the prayer meeting. 
He asked the congregation to pray that proper guidance 
be given county officials who are to decide whether it 
will be lawful to call a new election in the area next 
month on off-premises sales of liquor. 



% TttodenM 

I^w. TOiUiiMi S. 0Uc& 

(Concluded fi-om last week) 
VII. The Place of Faith and of Repentance 

The methods of the "faith healers" require both faith 
and repentance on the part of the bodily afflicted to come 
to their meetings "for healing." The multitudes who seek 
healing at their hands are carefully "screened" to deter- 
mine those "who have faith to be healed." Even then, 
nimibers who have been "accepted" never actually get 
into the "healing line," and other numbers who do are 
never "prayed for" by the healer, due to the great num- 
ber of seekers. 

Does the New Testament state that those "multitudes" 
who were "all healed" (Matthew 8:16; 10:1; Acts 5:16, 
etc.) were first subjected to a rigorous examination as 
to their faith and susceptibility to bodily healing? We 
read of bodily healings resulting before and after "being 
forgiven." Evidently there was no screening of the mul- 
titudes healed by Christ and the apostles. We read: 

"They brought unto him many that were possessed 

of devils, and he cast out the spirits with his word, 

and healed ALL that were sick." (Matthew 8:16) 

"But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from 

thence; and a gi'eat multitude followed him, and he 

healed them ALL! (Matthew 12:15-21) 

"When he (Jesus) saw their (the four friends') 

faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven 

thee ... I say unto thee, arise, take up thy couch 

and go into thine house." (Luke 5:17-26) 

The youth "born blind" of John the ninth chapter, 

did not even know who had healed him until some time 

afterwards, when Jesus found him in the temple! (Verse 

35). Faith and repentance — confession are not mentioned 

as prerequisites when Peter and John healed the lame 

man at Gate Beautiful of the Temple (Acts 3:1-11); 

nor in connection with the healing of multitudes by the 

apostles (Acts 5:12-16); nor of those healed in connection 

with Philip's ministry at Samaria (Acts 8:5-8); nor of 

those to whose ailing bodies, handkerchiefs from St. Paul's 

body were brought (Acts 19:11, 12). 

In just how many (few) ways do the methods and re- 
sults of modem faith healers corresi)ond with those of 
Christ and of his apostles? Are they a "recovery?" 

VIII. Apostolic Healings Were "Signs" 

"Why should not Christ's choice followers today be 
endowed with the same power and authority to heal bod- 
ily afflictions as were the apostles?" The answer is that 
the "miracle, signs, wonders healings" performed by the 
apostles were "signs" whereby Almighty God "confirmed" 
the authority of the Apostles' Gospel and preaching. After 
nineteen centuries — yes, even after the first century, the 
need for miraculous confirmation of the truthfulness of 
the believers and their message had disappeared. That 
is the answer which the New Testament itself giveS'i 
We read: 

"How shall we escape if we neglect so great salva- 
tion which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord 
and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 
God also bearing them witness both with SIGNS 
and WONDERS, and divers MIRACLES and GIFTS 
of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will!" (He- 
brews 2:3, 4) 

After listing five miracles which should "follow them 
that believe" in Mark 16:17-20, and after telling of the 
ascension of our Lord, the closing verse of Mark's gos- 
pel reads: 

"And they went forth and preached everywhere, the 
Lord working with them and CONFIRMING the word 
with SIGNS following. Amen." (Mark 16:20). 

After the Lord's ascension, when the leaders of the 
Christian group were being persecuted, we read of this 
fervent prayer being offered: j 

"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings; and grant j 

unto thy servants that with boldness they may speak j 

the word, by stretching forth thine hand to ' 

HEAL; and that SIGNS and WONDERS may be ! 

done in the name of thy holy child Jesus." (Acts i 

4:29, 30) \ 

In view of the claims made by advocates of "the'l 
recovered gift of healing" one would expect to find the 
28 chapters of the Book of The Acts, written by "Luke, 
the beloved Physician," and covering the 33 years im- j 
mediately following Christ's ascension, replete with rec-; 
ords of instances of bodily healings. However, such is 

klARCH 9, 1957 


'JOT the case. The recorded healings are surprisingly 
•are. Read and see ! 

In this connection, it is important to note, that in re- 
)orting Jesus' beginning public ministry, healing is placed 
IS third in His three activities : 

"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, 
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gos- 
pel of the Kingdom, and HEALING EVERY SICK- 
NESS AND EVERY DISEASE among the people." 
(Matthew 9:35) 

In I Cor. 12, where St. Paul lists the several "gifts 
if the Spirit," "gifts of the healings" is mentioned fifth, 
iter "apostles, prophets, teachers, after that miracles, 
lealings, etc." (I Cor. 12:28). In Ephesians, in listing 
gifts" for the "edifying of the Church," St. Paul omits 
liracles, tongues and healings altogether. (Eph. 4:11,12) 


Here we encounter the question that is at the basis 
if the evaluation of "faith healing" — "If it is not a 're- 
overy of an apostolic gift,' and since it decrys resort to 
cientific means of healing, what or who is the source 
f the power or authority which makes possible the 
dealings' they claim?" 

To answer this question flippantly, could involve one 
n the sin of blasphemy. Jesus warned His enemies of 
heir peril when they accused Him of perfoirning mir- 
des "by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils." (Matthew 
2:22-32). By the same token, ascribing the work of the 
Levil to our Saviour would be blasphemy! However, Satan 
5 a "Deceiver," he is an expert counterfeiter and imi- 
ator. Paul wrote that "Satan himself transformeth him- 
self into an angel of light." (II Cor. 11:13-15) 

I Many guesses have been made in attempting to explain 
he power to heal. Among them are the following: 

j "The faith healers ARE divinely and specially en- 
' dowed and do their work in and by the power to 
i God." 

"The people 'healed' are hypochondriacs, psycho- 
pathies, neurotics, who were never really 'sick' and 
are 'easy marks' for the 'healers.' " 

"Their whole 'show' is 'rigged,' and those pro- 
fessing to have been 'healed' were 'stooges, planted 
for the pui'pose.' " 

"People are gullible — especially certain 'types of 
sick, folk,' and are easily led by 'suggestion.' " 

"The 'healers' are strongly magnetic types, who 
resox't to hypnotism, and exploit understood and un- 
I understood psychic laws." 

1 "The 'healings' have no more direct connection with 
I God than has the law of gravity; it is an example of 
1 the power of mind over matter." 

I Jesus pi'ovided a test whereby the kind of tree, or 
,pring or wearer of sheep's clothing could be found out — 
jby their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-20). He also warned 
If the existance of sincere, powerful — yet wholly self- 
jeceived folk — who have a terrible indictment awaiting 
iiem : 

"Not everyone that saith unto me. Lord, Lord, shall 
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth 
the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will 

say unto me in that day (of Judgment), Lord, Lord, 
have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name 
cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonder- 
ful works ? And then will I profess unto them, I 
never knew you; depart from me ye that work in- 
iquity." (Matthew 7:21-23) 

Adequately to evaluate the "Fruits" of the healers 
and cults, some have felt that an accurate detailed "his- 
toiy" of the case in question should be available, as 
well as checkups on the patient's post pathology. This in- 
formation, is often very difficult to obtain, both from 
the "healers" and from the "healed!" 

X. Anointing for Healing 

Anointing with oil, at the request of the sick believer, 
and prayer by representatives of his Church are the di- 
rections laid down in the New Testament for the Church's 
practice. This ordinance for the sick room is explained 
and enjoined in James, fifth chapter, verses 13 to 20. 

There, no fanfare nor melodrama are countenanced. It 
is a beautiful, impressive, symbolic ordinance of the 
Church, for the good of the individual member "among 
you" who is sick! Just compare this dignified, reverent, 
and sincere sei-vice with that of the faith healers! 

"Is any among you afflicted! let him pray. Is any 
merry ? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you ? 
let him call for the elders of the Church; and let 
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the 
name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save 
the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he 
have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Con- 
fess your faults one to another, and pray one for an- 
other that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent 
prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 

The atheist, the materialist, the scoffer may avail him- 
self of the benefits of modem anaesthesia, surgery, med- 
ication, etc. BUT — the member of the Church who is sick 
has not only all these human skills, but ALSO the special 
prerogatives of a child of God at his command! What 
a Resource — what a comfort! 

The anointing service amounts to a reconsecration of 
the one anointed and a recommital of his soul, body and 
spirit to the Great Physician, for forgiveness, for heal- 
ing, and salvation! Whether he lives, lingers, recovers, 
or dies, he can feel that he is the Lord's and His will 
is being done! 

This method of healing IS according to the New Tes- 
tament for today — and, it is of the Lord! 

Newark, Ohio. 


There is a life in the will of God, so quiet, so 
at peace with Him, so at rest in His joy, so per- 
fectly content that He is doing best, that the 
lines in the face are wiped out, the fever is gone 
from the restless eye, and the whole nature is 
still. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for 
Him, and then spend in helping others for your 
own experience. — Sel. 



If' « 


sgaall 1 



It has been some time since I made any report on the 
work here. 

We had a vei-y good year, as many new projects were 
completed. Best of all, though, we made a very nice 
gain, taking into the church 14 new members during 
1956, with no losses. One Sunday a few weeks ago was 
a highlight as 103 folk attended the morning services and 
a family of five gave their hearts to God. 

A basket dinner was served in the basement in which 
about 60 took part. The afternoon was spent in the an- 
nual Business Meeting and election of officers. Owing 
to too full a program we were not able to finish some 
very important business, which will necessitate the call- 
ing of another meeting soon. 

Brother Milton Bowman is to hold us a series of meet- 
ings this March or April, the date is not yet set. We 
are looking forward to a great spiritual feast and the 
ingathering of many souls for the Lord. We ask an in- 
terest in your prayers. , 

Frank W. Garber. 


The work in Flora is moving along steadily and we 
feel that there are some accomplishments worth while. 
Last week we baptized a lady and received her husband 
and her into the membership of the church. The husband 
had at one time been a member of this church. She came 
from another denomination. There has been a steady 
growth in attendance in Sunday School and Church this 
last year. The growth in membership has not kept pace 
with our losses. We have lost several who moved to Flor- 
ida and took their membership with them. Then death 
has claimed several. 

We have been doing some work on the church. The 
entire building has been rewired to meet the state build- 
ing code. That is now complete but there must be some 
work done on the interior which is not complete due to 
not getting the material on time. This will leave us torn 
up for some time. However we have been able to have 
our regular services. 

We began our seventh year of service here the first 
of January. We had open house at the parsonage on New 
Year's Day. Due to the severe cold and the fact that 
we had Watch Night service the previous evening, the 
attendance was not as good as it would have been other- 
wise. But there were quite a number of members and 

friends who came and enjoyed the day and evening wit 
us. Many colored pictures were taken of the interic 
of the parsonage showing many of those who called. 
Every department of the church is functioning vei 
well. The W. M. S. will be cooperating with the oth( 
organizations in the World's Day of Prayer which wi 
be in the Bringhurst Methodist church. Rev. Stewart wi 
be the speaker. We have two Sisterhood organization 
Mrs. Stewart is patroness of the Junior girls which hi 
been newly organized. Mrs. Beatrice Nipple is patronesi 
of the Seniors. 

We observed Stewardship month in January am 
preached on the Stewardship of life and money, Febn 
ary 4-8 we took our turn with the Carroll County Mil] 
isters and brought the devotions over WSAL in Logan; I 
port, Indiana. We are looking forward to the coming (, 
H D, (Bud) Hunter, showing pictures of oui^ Shipsht! 
wana Camp. We recently cooperated with the Church (| 
the Brethren and secured Dr. Lawrence Shultz of Nort; 
Manchester who recently returned from Europe and ha| 
taken pictures of many scenes at the birth place of ov 
church, Schwarzenau, Germany. He gave a very inte: 
esting lecture along with the pictures. Our Brethrt 
should see these pictures. 

C. A. Stewart. 


It has been quite some time since I have sent in anjl 
thing on "What is going on in Masontown." I thougl, 
it might be interesting to the Brotherhood to relate soni 
of the things through the mediiun of the Evangelist. | 

First, my ministry here has been evangelistic in cha:| 
acter, and the folks have certainly responded in a woil 
derful way. The Church in Masontown has set the pacj 
in this area in the winning of the lost to Christ. W; 
have received one hundred and thirty into the Fellovi 
ship of Christ in the Brethren Church during the par 
six years. There have been many others who have mac 
the good Confession and have gone into other churc 
bodies. Any number have accepted Christ at the Pa) 
sonage. j 

We have also stressed "Teaching the Word." The se:| 
mons have been preached on a Bible Book basis with tl! 
congregation being urged to read and re-read the Bocj 
under discussion. We have studied all of the major doi 
trines of the Bible, and are presently studying the Gresj 
Doctrines of the Brethren Church. We have mid-wet i 
Bible Study, and recently began a special Sunday SchO(| 
teacher's class for the study of the Sunday School lessoj 

Our young people are an inspiring group. They aij 
ever anxious to be "up and doing." We have outstandini 
leadership for our young people. Our only problem 
getting transportation for activities. Our camp progra;j 
has increased along with other youth interests. It is } 
fact that the Masontown Brethren Youth are on tl| 
move. 1 

The Church here has made giant strides forward :j 
the National Goals Program. We have stressed the goa ! 
repeatedly, but also we have stressed the fact that ^i 
are not seeking acclaim, but rather to find the highe. i 

MARCH 9, 1957 


level of service possible for Christ and His Church. The 
special interest offerings have all reached a new high 
in the Masontown Church. We are currently beginning 
our Drive for National Missionary Work. 

Much improvement on the physical property of the 
Church has been accomplished with a major redecorat- 
ing of the Sanctuary, and the installation of an alto- 
gether new and automatic heating system for the Church. 

It is most drfficult to summarize all that has been 
"Going On" for the past six years, but we can say that 
we have been busy for Christ. We invite and encourage 
all the brethren to remember the work and ministry of 
the Church in your prayers. We cordially invite any of 
you to stop in and visit and worship with us. We plan to 
keep on "Keeping On." 

William D. Keeling, Pastor. 


Iby itvevo ihl, Fraiiicis iDeFMsJiire 


The following sermons and texts were used by Breth- 
ren ministers on February 17, 1957. 

Fair Haven, Ohio: 

"The Sign of the Prophet Jonah" 

(Second in a series of three on Jonah) 

Text: Matt. 12:38-42. 

Rev. Jerry Flora, Pastor 

Leon, Iowa: 

"Be Fully Persuaded" 
Text: Romans 14:5b. 

Rev. Wilbur Thomas, Pastor 

Cameron and Quiet Dell Churches (Peitna. Dist.) : 

"The Triumphant Believer" 
Romans 8:14-27. 

Rev. Cecil Bolton, Jr., Pastor 

Newark, Ohio: 

"Trust and Obey" 
Text: Acts 5:29-32. 

Rev. William S. Crick, Pastor 

Manteca, Calif.: 

"A Matter of Consecrated Feet" 
Text: Ephesians 6:15. 

Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio: 

"Living Soberly in this World" 
Text: Titus 2:11, 12. 

Rev. William H. Anderson, Pastor 


For BRAGGING purposes we have 18,697 Brethren. 
For WORKING purposes we have the following: For 
Sunday School purposes, 10,273; For Morning Worship 
purposes, 8,838; For Prayer Meeting purposes, 1,408. 

(These statistics gleaned from the Statistical Analy- 
sis of 1956 as presented to the General Conference.) 

Falls City, Nebraska: 

"How to Get Close to God" 
Text: (not given.) 

Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Pastor 

Lanark, 111.: 

"Clean, But Empty" 
Text: Matt. 12:38-45. 

Rev. H. F. Berkshire, Pastor 

Mt. Olive Church, Pineville, Va.: 

"Does Prayer Change Anything?" 
Scripture Lesson: Matt. 6:1-8. 

Rev. John F. Locke, Pastor 

(Hey Preachers! Where's the other seven Sermons and 
Texts? Fifteen inquiries were sent out. Your cooperation 
will make this column more interesting. H.F.B.) 


The Lord had a job for me, 

But I had so much to do 

I said, "You get somebody else 

Or wait till I get through" 

I don't know how the Lord came out, 

But He seemed to get along; 

But I had a feeling — sneaking like — 

Knowed I'd done God wrong. 

One day I needed the Lord, 
Needed Him right away. 
But He never answered me at all, 
But I could hear Him say 
Down in my accusing heart 
"Nigger, I'se got too much to do, 
You get somebody else, 
Or wait till I get through." 

Now, when the Lord has a job for me, 

I never tries to shirk; 

I drops what I has on hand. 

And does the Good Lord's work. 

And my affairs can run along, 

Or wait till I get through; 

Nobody else can do the work. 

That God marked out for you. 

— Paul Laurence Dunbar. 



Vrayer 7fleeting 

hij G. T. Qilmer 


"High heart, and courage for the day, 
And strength to live and love and toil, 

To think clean thoughts, to love clean play, 
To drive clean furrows through the soil; 

Let this be mine, and I shall be 

The master of my destiny. 

"High heart, and bravery to meet 

The harsher duties vi^ith a smile. 
To swallow pride and take defeat 

And yet be winning all the while. 
Let this be mine, and I shall be 
A favored son of victory ... " 

LET THE HEART be "high" but not "haughty" 
(Prov. 6:16-19). It is a "high heart, and courage" 
that keeps one from being a quitter (Luke 9:62). It was 
with a "high heart, and bravery" that Jesus set His face 
like a flint toward Jerusalem (John 11:7, 8). Paul was 
no coward (Acts 20:22-25). While others were quitters 
(2 Tim. 4:10), Paul was a good finisher (2 Tim. 4:6-8). 
The forty years wandering of the Israelites in the wil- 
derness proves that God hates cowards and quitters 
(Deut. 1:34, 35). Time and again was the Lord's anger 
kindled against complainers (Num. 11:1). God's wrath 
was aroused when His people's hearts were too weak 
for the conflict and they broke faith with Him (Psalm 
78:9-11, 21, 22). God is provoked when we limit His work 
through us (Psalm 78:40, 41). God will reward unfaith- 
fulness with the frown of His wrath (Psalm 78:56-64). 

It is in a crisis that we appear in our true light 
(Num. 13:30-33; 14:1-4). A crisis does not make men, 
but it does reveal what they really are (Num. 14:28, 30). 
Some are revealed by the sin of rebellion (Num. 14:21- 
24). Some are revealed by the sin of indifference (Judges 
5:23). The sin of omission is just as revealing as the sin 
of commission (James 4:17). Not to use one talent is sin 
of dire consequence (Matt. 25:24-30). To fail of faith is 
sin (Rom. 14:23). To hide one's light for fear is cowardly 
(Matt. 5:14-16). 

The flood revealed Noah to be the man that he already 
was (Gen. 6:7-9). The Hebrew children were staunch for 
God ahead of the crisis of the fiery furnace (Dan. 3:16- 
18). Daniel was the Daniel we know before he was ever 
cast into the den of lions (Dan. 6:4, 5, 10). A trial re- 
vealed Joseph to be a man of constant integrity (Gen. 
39:8, 9). Job had the stamina for severe trials (Job 
1:22). John the Baptist was "true to form" when he 
stood before Herod (Luke 3:19, 20). To die the death of 
the righteous one has to live the life of the righteous. 
Balaam wanted such a death (Num. 23:10), but Paul 
lived the life of the righteous and died the death of the 
righteous (2 Tim. 4:6-8). 

"High heart, and a strong soul to bear 

Another's burden as a friend; 
To share his whelming load of care 

And of my strength to proudly lend. 
Let this be mine, and I shall be 
Worth while to all humanity. 

"High heart, and faith's calm voice to still 

The doubt that grips my soul; 
To walk with God, to do His will, 

And press on ever toward the goal. 
Let this be mine, and I shall be 
Unconquered through eternity." 

— Poetic lines by George T, Liddell. 



fc Vyilliam H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 17, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 21:23-32 

MEN MARVEL AT THE manifestation of the powei 
of God. They may not always understand it bul 
they cannot fail to recognize Divine Authority 

In the days of Moses and Aaron, God exercised Hi^ 
Divine Authority by bringing ten plagues upon Egypti 
The court magicians performed many miracles but couk 
not duplicate the power of God. 

Divine Authority was given unto Godly men such a! 
Elijah and Daniel. God used these men to magnify His 
name among the heathen. 

Like the mighty prophets of old, Jesus Christ cam* 
teaching and preaching. As the people listened they "wen 
astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one hav- 
ing authority, and not as the scribes" (Matt. 7:28-29). 

What was it that "astonished" them? THE MANL 

In the lesson before us, "the chief priests and th« 
elders of the people came unto Him as He was teach- 
ing, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things 1 
and who gave Thee this authority?" (Matt. 21:23). 

Thei-e was reason for this question. Just a short timt 
before this, Jesus had entered into the temple and "casi 
out all them that sold and bought . . . and overthrew 
the tables of the money changers, and the seats of there 
that sold doves" (21:12). 

After that, "the blind and the lame came to Him in tht 
temple; and He healed them." Seeing "the wonderfu 
things that He did," the religious leaders "were sore 

Divine Power had been manifested in their midst I Thf 
chief priests and scribes recognized Divine Authority anc 
they did not like it! 

So they asked Christ: "By what authority 

The way in which Jesus answered them reveals thej 
already knew the answer to their own question. He un- 

lARCH 9, 1957 


avered the evil intent of their hearts by asking about 
he baptism of John. They refused to answer. "Neither 
ell I you by what authority I do these things," said 
Jhrist. He did not say He could not tell; but He would 
ot tell, for they already knew. They knew it was Divine 

Up to this time the religious leaders had been "men 
f authority." Now one had dared question them. When 
!hrist came He taught, pi-eached, and worked like a 
lan under Divine Authority. The people soon disting- 
ished between the true and the counterfeit. 

The manifestation of Divine Authority by God has 
een felt in every generation. Pharaoh and his subjects 
ailed to believe until the sentence of death had been car- 
ied out in every Egyptian home. Jesus said of the un- 
elieving and unrepentant religious leaders of His day: 
The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given 
3 a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." 

The Divine Authority of God has been revealed to our 
eneration. Not in the plagues of Egypt, nor in the mir- 
cles of the Pentecostal era. DIVINE AUTHORITY IS 

:evealed in the written word, the COM- 


Jesus said: "Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall 
e broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind 
im to powder." Shall we question the Divine Authority? 
'r shall we rather submit to Him who is KING of kings 
nd Lord of lords? 



I There is only one way to forgive — utterly. 
fhat forgiveness which is less than complete, is, 
)y so much, short of being real forgiveness. They 
,3ll of a baker who laid the foundation of his 
brtune by breaking crackers in two, rather than 
ive "down weight." Fortunes may, undoubtedly, 
,egin thus, but forgiveness never begins at all 
fith that spirit. Forgiveness doled out and meas- 
jred off scrupulously is not forgiveness at all. 
jorgiveness is a flood; it carries everything be- 
bre it. It is a fire; it burns up even the bitter- 
ess of its own remembrance. It is a sunrise; it 
Wers all with its own glory. Let us not use this 
reat word unless we mean this great thing. Do 
:,)u say: "I can forgive, but I cannot forget?" 
f ho asked you to forget ? But that remembrance 
ihich is left after a great forgiveness, has been 
lirged of all poison. Such is the forgiveness we 
•flebrate this morning. *T will remember them 
]|) more against you, forever," says God concern- 
ig our sins. He does not say He will not "re- 
lember, but that He will not remember them 
'igainst" us. — Sel. 

• w w W ir^'w' w www'^ ^ m ^- y y w w ' 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 

■^■Jb^A.A A. 



1. Do I attend at least one worship service every Sun- 
day? (5 points) 

2. Do I make the opening session of my department 
one of real worship for myself? Would I be willing for 
all the pupils to follow my example? (5 points) 

3. Do I practice personal daily worship? (5 points) 

Lesson Preparation 

4. Do I devote at least two hours per week to lesson 
pi'eparation, getting a thorough understanding of the 
content and making a written teaching plan? (15 points) 


5. Do I serve faithfully on committees and attend all 
meetings of the Sunday school teachers and officers? 
(6 points) 

6. Do I make constructive suggestions to the officers 
and ask for their advice when I can? (4 points) 


7. Do I regularly take the record asked for, especially 
regai'ding new and absent pupils? (5 points) 

8. Do I keep on file personal information about my 
pupils which will give me an accurate picture of their 
interests and needs? (5 points) 


9. Do I greet my pupils on the street, visit them when 
they are sick, and take a Christian interest in all their 
affairs? (5 points) 

10. Do I visit the homes of my pupils at least twice 
a year and make some follow-up activity each time they 
are absent? (10 points) 


11. Do I arrive at least fifteen minutes early every 
Sunday? (5 points) 

12. Do I attend at least seven Sundays out of eight, 
and do I see that there will be a substitute when I am 
absent? (5 points) 


13. Do I make a genuine effort to live the truth I 
teach, frankly admitting my shortcomings? (10 points) 


14. Do I read at least one good magazine on Sunday 
school and church work every month? (5 points) 

15. Do I read at least two good books on Christian 
education every year? (5 points) 

16. Do I complete at least one teacher-training course 
each year? (5 points) 

17. Do I measure up to the standards of a good Sun- 
day school teacher? (100 points, total of all the above 




FEBRUARY 21, 1957 

New Lebanon, Ohio* $ 318.85 

Denver, Ind.* 43.14 

North Georgetown, Ohio . . . 65.00 

Gretna, Ohio 124.50 

Carleton, Nebraska* 47.15 

New Paris, Ind 114.60 

Gatewood, W. Va.* 12.00 

Calvary, N. J 5.00 

Tiosa, Ind.* 56.00 

College Corner, Ind 57.33 

Sarasota, Fla.* 25.00 

County Line, Ind.* 40.47 

Fairhaven, Ohio* 63.15 

Fremont, Ohio 17.81 

Milford, Ind.* 94.44 

Burlington, Ind.* . 104.50 

St. James, Md.* 107.26 

Wayne Heights, Pa 73.83 

Glenford, Ohio* . 40.09 

Cam.eron, W. Va 33.50 

Flora, Ind 87.75 

Roanoke, Ind.* 40,00 

Roann, Ind.* 74.67 

North Liberty, Ind.* 118.00 

Smithville, Ohio 477.78 

Akron, Ohio 53.31 

Pittsburgh, Pa.* 115.89 

Mexico, Ind.* 86.50 

Maurertown, Va 35.00 

Johnstown, Second, Pa.* 105.00 

Mulvane, Kansas* 62.00 

Udell, Iowa* 26.11 

Brush Valley, Pa.* 24.50 

Mt. Olive, Va . 41.00 

Quiet Dell, Pa 25.00 

Teegarden, Ind, 57.25 

Hagerstown, Md,* 119,80 

Conemaugh, Pa.* 93.00 

Bryan, Ohio 300.00 

South Bend, Ind 250.00 

Mt. Olivet, Del.* 31.50 

Garber Memorial (Ashland)* 29.00 

Oak Hill, W. Va 19,70 

Mansfield, Ohio* 44,85 

Masontown, Pa.* 167.85 

Corinth, Ind.* 96.16 

Cumberland, Md.* 44.00 

North Manchester, Ind.* . . . 217.85 

Nappanee, Ind 300.00 

Muncie, Ind 166.87 

Tucson, Arizona* 110.86 

Lanark, 111.* 284.06 

Milledgeville, 111.* 522.03 

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Manteca, Calif.* 50.00 

Leon, Iowa* 18.40 

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Berlin, Pa 312.32 

Vinco, Pa,* , . . 579.21 

Morrill, Kansas* 17.00 

Terra Alta, W. Va 72.68 

Pleasant View, Pa.* 37.00 

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"... Forgetting those things which are be- 
hind, and reaching forth unto those things which 
are before, I press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." — Phil. 
3:13, 14. 

It is not by regretting what is irreparable that 
true work is to be done, but by making the best 
of what we are. It is not by complaining that we 
have not the right tools, but by using well the 
tools we have. What we are, and where we are, 
is God's providential arrangement, God's doing, 
though it may be man's misdoing; and the manly 
and wise way is to look your disadvantages in 
the face, and see what can be made out of them. 
Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is 
not the best Christian nor the best general who 
makes the fewest false steps. He is the best who 
wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval 
of mistakes. Forget mistakes; organize victory 
out of mistakes. — Daily Strength for Daily Needs. 

of the Brethren Church 
August 19-25, 1957 
Ashland, Ohio. 
Brethren are reminded that this year the Cor 
ference is a week later than it has been for 
number of years; because of the migration c 
the calendar a conference scheduled for the thir 
week of a month moves slowly from year to yea 
until it comes nearer being in the second wee 
of the month. Every so often a shift must t 
made. The 1957 scheduled dates constitutes thi 
shift for our General Conference. Check the give 
dates, now, with your August schedule and mal^ 
your arrangements to attend this outstandirl 

MAKCH 9, 1957 


MRS. VERL REGER, of Tucson, Arizona, 

^loes interesting account of the present and future 

uses of VISUAL AIDS in Sunday school teaching 

A N INTERESTING REPORT of Sunday School Visual 
r\ Aids has been received from Brother Vernon D. 
jrisso, Pastor of the Brethren Church at Tucson, Arizona. 
VIrs. Verl Reger, who, with her family became members 
)f the Tucson church three years ago, makes the report 
IS a result of her attendance at the 13th annual Inter- 
lational Workshop in Audio-visual Christian Education. 
rhe workshop was held last fall at the University of 
southern California in Los Angeles. There were 215 
vorkers in attendance from the United States and 15 
ither countries. 

"We visited the studios where Christian films are be- 
ng made," Mrs. Reger said. "The meeting was held in 
jOS Angeles to bring the church workers into contact 
vith the producers and to provide a better understanding 
if the type of films wanted." 

Visual aids include film strips of 16mm and 35mm, 
:raphs, posters and other materials which appeal to chil- 
.ren through the "eye gate." 

I "Tests have shown that children give closer attention 
nd retain what they learn much longer when the lesson 
3 presented through appeal to the eye," Mrs. Reger said. 

The films deal principally with Biblical subjects, de- 
signed to cover the regular Sunday school lesson series. 
'Irs. Reger, said that the program is being used effec- 
ively in the Tucson Brethren Church in classes ranging 
rom the beginners through the young adult group, and 
jlso in the evening service of the church. 

I The teaching process is soniewhat slower, as it requires 
hree Sunday school class sessions for development of a 
jingle theme. "The first Sunday we explain the film we 
re going to show," Mrs. Reger said, "and present the 
'ackground material. The second Sunday the film is 
nown, along with the teacher's explanation if it is si- 
mt. Sometimes we use a tape recorder to bring this 
iresentation by the teacher. The third Sunday is given 
jver to discussion and review of the film." 

Mrs. Reger said that since films for Christian use have 
sen made, film companies have spent $140,000,000 in 
lis field. There are now about 1,500 films available. The 
lorkshop in Los Angeles was designed to give the pro- 
peers some idea of the film needs, so that funds will 
ot be wasted on production of pictures the religious peo- 
le do not want. 


Mrs. Reger, who is chairman of the visual aids commit- 
tee of the Arizona Council of Churches, is also a mem- 
ber of the visual aids committee of the Tucson Council 
of Churches, and has charge of the visual aid program 
at the Brethren Church in Tucson. 

Pastor Grisso comments on the work of Mrs. Reger: 
"Her interest and leadership in Visual Aids for the Sun- 
day School have just been developed since woi'king in 
our church. Her work in our church has been of such 
quality as to call attention to and secure her positions 
in the Visual Aid pi-ogram throughout the city and now 
her latest post as head of the State Program of Relig- 
ious Visual Aids." 

Brother Grisso adds: "I just thought it might be in- 
teresting to note that her interest has been extended 
and expressed to broader areas 'out from our church 
program' rather than being aroused from the outside and 
then expressed 'Back into our church program.' " 

(Portions of this article from the Tucson 
Star Church Editor, E. C. Rutherford.) 

'Star," and 






Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


but not forgotten by many. It's all over nov^' but the 
shouting — shouting about the wonderful time we all had 
at BRETHREN COLLEGE DAYS, February 22-24. The 
facts are given in the Ashland College News report with 
which we are sharing our page this week. In addition 
to the facts, there should also be noted the high degree 
of Christian fellowship which pervaded the gathering. It 
was very encouraging and worth all the effort involved 
in planning and operation. Pictures were taken and you'll 
be seeing them later. 

Many thanks to all those pastors and parents who 
worked so hard at home to help their young people to 
come. Let's hope we have several more next year. 

Don't Forget SPRING CAMP 

SPRING CAMP for the Central District at Milledge- 

ville is not very far away — March 22-24. I'll be ther<! 
with bells on and the new Brethren Youth Station wagon; 
Dean Flora will also be present for the concluding Sun | 
day morning service. [ 

As I understand it, the first session will be Fridajli 
evening, so be sure you get there on time and stay al \ 
day Saturday for workshops, programs, singing, banque I 
and an all-around good time. See you later, alii . . . 


FEBRUARY is past! It's time to send in those sub 
scriptions for the Brethren Youth Magazine you receivec 
during the drive last month. Please mail them to Breth 
ren Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 


"The art of conversation is to be prompt without beinjt 
stubborn, to refute without argument, and to clothe greaj 
matters in motley garb." | 


"Standing as I do in view of God and eternity I real 
ize that patriotism is not enough. I musti have no hatrei 
or bitterness for anyone." — Edith Cavell. 

Ashland College 




SIXTY-EIGHT Brethren young 
people from Ohio, Indiana, and Penn- 
sylvania visited Ashland College, 
February 22nd to 24th, to participate 
in a new innovation called Brethi'en 
College Days. These high school jun- 
iors and seniors — 22 from Indiana, 
27 from Ohio, and 19 from Pennsyl- 
vania — arrived on the campus all day 
Friday to observe class sessions in 
operation. Mr. Arthur Petit, Director 

of Admissions, directed this activity 
which aids prospective students in 
understanding college-level work. 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith closed 
the youth rally Friday evening in the 
Student Union with a challenging 
message about the value of higher 
education in our lives today. Games 
were played, songs sung, and refresh- 
ments served during the evening. 

Saturday morning began at 9 
o'clock with ten minutes of organ 
music on the Charles F. Kettering 
organ in Memorial Chapel. This was 
followed with greetings by Dean L. 
E. Lindower, Dean of Ashland Col- 
lege, and devotions by Dean D. B. 
Flora, Dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. After a tour of the cam- 
pus, the group assembled in the Lit- 
tle Theater for an open forum which 
discussed job opportunities, scholar- 
ships, accreditation, entrance require- 
ments, costs, student rules, traditions, 
and pre-seminary requirements. The 
panel consisted of Mr. Arthur Petit, 
Dean George Guiley, Dean D. B. 
Flora, Mr. John Flora, and Rev. Vir- 
gil Meyer. 

After dinner the students were 
given an opportunity to visit with 
college Department Heads of their 
own choice to learn more about speci- 
fic fields of interest. Then, off to 
the gym for an explanation of the 
physical education program by Coach 

Bob Brownson and Mrs. Russell Geis 
inger, a demonstration of the tram 
poline by Bill Howard and volleyba! 
for every one. 

Ninety-five attended the Brethre 
Youth Banquet Saturday evening a 
the Park Street Brethren Churcl 
This included the visitors (both stu 
dents and pastors), advisors and Ash 
land College Students. The humorou 
"Toastmastering" of Rev. Charle 
Munson and short program were er 
joyed by all. The remainder of th 
evening was spent in attending th 
Ashland College-Wilmington basket 
ball game and loafing in the Eagle 

Several people stayed to attend th 
morning services Sunday at the Par 
Street Brethren Church, with Re' 
Clarence Fairbanks bringing the me{ 
sage, before driving to their Penr 
sylvania and Indiana homes. Most c 
the meals were served in Jacobs Ha 
Cafeteria and housing was cared fcl 
by members of the Park Stret 

It is hoped that Brethren CoUeg 
Days may be an annual affair witj 
the purpose of interesting more youf! 
in attending a Brethren institutio: 
Ashland College. The planning was 
joint effort of Rev. Virgil E. Meye 
Director of Church-College Relation 
and Rev. Phil Lersch, Director ' 
National Brethren Youth. 


MARCH 9, 1957 






(Continued from Page 2) 




b}? Helen Jordan 

(The following testimony was written by Miss Alletah 
Owens, a member of the North Manchester Brethren 
Church and sent for publication by Mrs. Bob Speicher 
of Route No. 1, North Manchester.) 

Tried in the Furnace of Affliction 

"When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." 
Job 23:10. 

THIRTY-ONE YEARS AGO last November I was 
stricken with arthritis and over the years have had 
many complications, but through it all I have been so 
wonderfully blessed that I feel I have nothing to com- 
plain about. 

Many times I have wondered WHY? I was a fresh- 
man in high school and had many wonderful plans for 
the years ahead, and then to be called aside and not walk 
for four years, and yet I never wanted to give up. 

I have learned many lessons, and I feel that perhaps 
[ am much better off than had I had health and fulfilled 
ny plans, for you do not suffer and not be mellowed by 
:t, if you trust and believe. 

I have spent many months at different times in dif- 
:ent hospitals. Three years ago now I was at the point 
)f death with a virus and kidney infection. They said I 
:ould not live and if I did I would not be able to work 
igain. It was a long, hard pull. I feel I am a miracle, 
•or I was back at part-time work in nine months and on 
full time in thirteen or fourteen months. Many prayers 
jvere offered for me and "prayer changes things." 

I do not know what the future holds for me, but I 
lo know that as long as I hold fast to "God's Hand" He 
vill not let me go. I am happy that I have been per- 
nitted to live, and I hope that in some small way I can 
rive a small portion back for all the blessings I have 
lad bestowed upon me. 

Friends and my family have been so wonderful to stand 
ly and be there when I needed them most and my Sav- 
our, whom I know I grieve many times, is always 
here and I know I can depend on Him. 

Mrs. Alletah Owens, 

North Manchester, Indiana. 

ICath to Swl 

RAHN. Mrs. Oliver Rahn, born July 4, 1875, died Feb. 
6, 1957. Funeral services held Feb. 18th by the under- 
igned. Having been ill for many weeks, her covenant 
f faith in Christ was sure and steadfast until the end. 
urvived by seven children, two of whom are families of 
le Lanark Brethren church. H. Francis Berkshire. 

members of the church following a Fund Raising "Kick- 
Off" dinner held the evening of February 19th. Present 
plans include the erection of a Sunday School addition 
to alleviate the very crowded conditions under which the 
Louisville Sunday School now meets. 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO. We note that Brother Robert 
L. Hoffman is beginning his fifth year of service as 
pastor of the Smithville church. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Brother John T. Byler 
makes the following comments on the progress of their 
building program. "... continues to make good strides 
forward. The work of laying the tile floors has been fin- 
ished, the acoustical ceiling has all been installed. (Next) 
... is the finishing of the approaches to the baptistry, 
with new rubber step pads and the hanging of doors in 
a number of the rooms upstairs. Financially the pro- 
gram is progressing, too." 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Volume I, Number 1 of a new 
parish paper, "News of the Brethren," has been received 
from the Goshen Brethren by the Editor. This new pub- 
lication, an eight page mimeographed work, will be pub- 
lished once a month for the present. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. The Father and Son ban- 
quet was a scheduled event of February 28th. 

writes: "Our church at Milledgeville is making March 
membership month. All members of the church have been 
invited to visit people of the community who are not 
members of other local churches and bring them to the 
services of our church. The Pastor will emphasize the 
meaning of church membership in his morning messages 
and present picture programs on Sunday evenings show- 
ing the advantages and the opportunities of church mem- 
bership. The membership month emphasis will close with 
evangelistic messages by Dean Delbert B. Flora of Ash- 
land Seminary March 24-31." 

CHEYENNE, WYOMIKG. Brother Frank W. Garber 
writes: "Everything looks favorable for our 'Campaign 
for Souls' as our attendance is up about 20% over that 
of a year ago. Have taken in five so far since the 15th 
of January, with two more waiting for baptism. All in 
all the work is going forward." 


General Conference Secretary, H. Francis Berkshire 
sends in the following announcement: "Anyone having 
copies of the following Annuals of Brethren Conference 
and wish to release them for the permanent files of the 
Secretary of the General Conference, please forward 
them to me at Lanark, Illinois. Duplicate copies will be 
appreciated also. Dates before 1900 through 1931." 

Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, 
220 E. Locust St., 
Lanark, Illinois. 

Brethren Historiaal library 

Manchester College' 
N, Manchester, Ind, 





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He Shall he Li\e a Tree ^ 

Planted b)? the Rivers of \S/ater 



BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the 
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the 
way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the 

2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; 
and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

.3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the 
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in 
his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and 
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

4. The ungodly are not so: but are like the 
chaff which the wind driveth away. 

5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the 
judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the 

6. For the Lord knoweth the way of the right- 
eous; but the way of the ungodly Shall perish. 

—Psalm 1:1-6. 


March 16. 1957 

No. II 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

WASHINGTON, D. C. In the "Building Progress Re- 
port" we note that bids received from four builders have 
been opened. Said bids are for the erection of the super- 
structure of the church. 

day evening, February 24th was observed as Denomina- 
tional Night, with lay members presenting talks on the 
following subjects: "Why Brethren should attend District 
and General Conferences," "Why we should support the 
work of our Denominational Boards and Institutions," 
"Why we should read our Brethren Evangelist," and 
"Why we should send our Young People to Summer 
Camps and Ashland College." The program also featured 
a Historical Slide Picture Presentation." 

conducted their public service on March 10th, with Rev. 
Glemi Adams of the Cambria City Mission as speaker. 

SERGEANTSVILLE, N. J. The Hunterdon Bible Con- 
ference was held in the Sergeantsville Church on March 
1st. Speakers were Jose and Lucy Mandoriao from the 

A new oil burner was recently installed in the church. 

and Sister H. William Fells, who were injured a few 
weeks ago in an automobile accident, are able to be up 
and around now. Brother Fells was able to bring the mes- 
sages in his pulpit on March 3rd. 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. With the young people in 
charge of the service, the film, "Oiltown, U. S. A." was 
shown to an audience of 160 on February 24th. 

(Continued on Page 19) 


By the Editor 


Additional churches Mill be listed on the Brethren 
Evangelist 100% Honor Roll in the next week, or two. 
There has been a fine response in this direction, and we 
are encouraging those churches which have not yet 
"made the grade" to keep working. — W. S. B, 



OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Revival Meetings— March )i 
31— Rev. V. E. Meyer, Evangelist; Rev. Arthur H. Tinkj 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meetix.g : 
March 25- April 7— Dr. John F. Locke, Evangelist; R( 
Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. I 

NEWARK, OHIO. Revival-Evangelistic Campaign j 
March 24-31— Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Willia 
S. Crick, Pastor. | 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Evangelistic Services— March 2| 
April 7 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Albert \ 
Ronk, Pastor. 

Revival Services — April 1-12 — Rev. Woodrow Brai'; 
Evangelist; Rev. David L. Rambsel, Pastor. i 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Revival Meeting— April 1- ' 
— Rev. William H. Anderson, Evangelist; Rev. John I 
Byler, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO, Revival Services— Beginning Man] 
25th — Rev. Henry Bates, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin ]\ 
Grumbling, Pastor. 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Evangelistic Services- 
March 24-31— Dean Delbert B. Flora, Evangelist; Re 
H. H. Rowsey, Pastor. 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival Services— April 1-7— Re 
Austin Gable, Evangelist; Rev. Thomas Shannon, Pasto 


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It will be only a few short months until Stat] 
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tions for State Mission work? 
Send your offerings to: 

Charles E. Smith, Secretary, 
220 Marine Avenue 
Elkhart, Indiana. 




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The Editor's Pulpit 


T/te Vsalm of the Two Ways of Life 

THE FIRST PSALM, authorship of which is 
not definitely estabUshed except that it came 
jfrom the divine Voice of God, has often been 
referred to as the Psalm of the "two ways of 
jlife." Really it serves as a prelude, or introduc- 
ition to the entire book of Psalms; in this it 
jportrays what the rest of the Psalms reveal: 
iwalk in God's waj^ — righteousness; walk in sin's 
Iway — perish. It further serves as a thumb-nail 
'outline of a man's life in that it gives the re- 
isults of a life lived according to God's will, and 
[that of one lived apart from God. In this it is 
]self-reveaHng, and needs but little explanation 
for it to be understood by man. 

THERE IS BLESSING. As do Jesus' words 
in the Sermon on the Mount, this first Psalm opens 
iwith the word "blessed." A free translation of 
[the word means "happy." Yes, happy is the man 
who walks in God's way, who avoids the way of 
unrighteousness. There is a lesson here for us. 
If our Christian experience is not producing hap- 
piness in our lives, perhaps we had better make 
an examination. We are told that he who delights 
in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on 
it day and night, shall be truly happy. Therefore, 
if true joy and happiness is escaping us for some 
reason, perhaps we had better check to see if 
our dehght is in the law of the Lord. It may be 
that worldly cares and ambitions, producing little 
but disappointment and frustration, have, for us, 
replaced our delight in the things of the Lord. 
An honest examination, and correction, where 
necessary, will produce dividends of Christian joy 
and happiness. 

THERE IS SECURITY. Along the Nile river in 
Egypt there are trees, vegetation, gardens, and 
fields which produce grain and food for the hungry 
people. A few miles away, there is nothing but 
desert sand. The difference is in the presence of 
water and the lack of it. That is worthy of note 
for the Psalmist describes further the righteous 
man as one which dwells near the rivers of liv- 
ing water. Such a Christian, as likewise a tree, 
shall produce leaves and fruit in season, and will 
not wither. Here also is the idea of being firmly 
planted, rooted deep in the spiritual truths of 

God's Word, refreshed and strengthened by 
Christ, the living Water. Strongly rooted, the 
Christian is not shaken by every wind of doc- 
trine. His faith standeth sure, and he shall be 
able to sing with the song writer: 

I shall not be, I shall not be moved, 
I shall not be, I shall not be moved; 
Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, 
I shall not be moved. 

The winds may blow ; there may come the heat 
of summer and the cold of winter, but the tree 
that is well rooted shall prosper and bear fruit. 
The Christian thus rooted can also endure the 
storms of life with a stability that cannot be de- 
stroyed. Why do Christians go about as if God 
is on vacation? Why do they seem to feel that 
even though God saw them through a former 
difficulty, He apparently has no power to see 
them through the present one? Stability in the 
Christian faith means to trust God as we did 
yesterday. It should be noted that this "being 
firmly planted" does not give the Christian li- 
cense to become a road-block in the forward pro- 
gram of the Church. Some have inferred that at 
times. There is no comparison, for being well 
grounded by the living waters, we are to bear 
fruit — that is, to make forward progress in serv- 
ing the Lord; it is then that our leaf shall not 
wither and everything that we do in His name 
shall prosper. 

RIGHTEOUS. God knows the way of the right- 
eous. He does not know the way of the wicked, in 
that He cannot bless it nor cause it to prosper 
eternally. Knowing the way of the righteous 
which leads to life eternal, God can cause the 
Christian to be filled with hope and assurance, 
joy and happiness. Every step is a foot of prog- 
ress toward the blessed eternity with Him. As 
for the way of the wicked, there is no light, 
no hope, no help — only a dark, uncharted path 
to the precipice of eternity without God. That is 
why the way of righteousness — Christian living 
— is the way of the blessed. Is it bringing hap- 
piness to your life day by day? — W. S. B. 



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by Rca J. D. Hamel 1 

Cvangelism Is Tke flnswer 


TSERE IS BUT ONE ANSWER to the encroaching 
powers of darkness which lead eventually to athe- 
ism and Communism. That answer is to evangelize by 
preaching the gospel of the grace of God through His 
precious Word. We do not have to prove or defend His 
Word, that's God's part; our business is to declare it! 
The business of the church is to evangelize. Paul's great 
commendation to the church at Thessalonica was, "You 
are examples to all that believe in Macedonia and 
Achaia, for from you sounded out the Word of the 
Lord." Everybody was busy in that church getting out 
the message of the gospel. In the early church every 
member was considered an evangel of the Word of God. 
After Stephen was stoned to death, all the church was 
scattered abroad except the Apostles, and they that were 
scattered went everywhere preaching His Word. Our 
whole set up is wrong today. We hire a man and put 
him in the pulpit and expect him to do all the work of 
evangelization. Yet the Word of God teaches; for the 
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, 
for the edifying of the body of Christ." The Lord wants 
every believer to be a living witness for the Gospel. 

Evangelism embraces the whole responsibility of the 
Church, as individuals and as a corporate body, to spread 
the gospel of Jesus Christ to lost men and women. There 
are men of God who are being greatly blessed in mass 
evangelistic campaigns. So intense is their enthusiasm 
for the ministry to which God has called them, they 

scarcely recognize the value of other soul- winning meth! 
ods. To them "evangelism" is the particular type oi 
evangelism in which they are engaged. Others have bee:j 
led into intensive programs of personal soul-winning, suc; 
as tract distribution and door-to-door visitation; and be] 
cause of the blessing of God on their work they are in 
dined to feel that theirs only is the Scriptural methoc 
Still others have been led to specialize in getting Chris! 
tian people to a place where they can prove effectua, 
witnesses, and are working hard at the perfection o 
the soul-winning program of the local church, or are op 
erating through organizations which are composed ol 
Christians but whose ultimate objective is the winninj' 
of the lost. 

Many Christians are coming to feel that the greates 
need today is for a recognition of the value of each dif ' 
ferent form of evangelism, and of their essential unitj 
in the plan of God. There is certainly no room for comj 
petition. Paul the apostle preached both "publicly, anci 
from house to house" (Acts 20:20). Nor is the work oi 
God promoted by denunciation of one another's ministry 
Every Christian must, in the iinal analysis, give answei 
to God for his motives and methods. Meanwhile it h\ 
the responsibility of each Christian to find God's leading! 
for his ministry in line with the principles taught in the I 
Word of God. 

The most striking fact about God's plan for Chris- 
tian workers, as set forth in Ephesians 4, verses 11 and 
12, is its diversity, and yet unity." Using this scripture! 
will present three headings for our study. | 


Every Christian is expected to be a witness to Jesus' 
Christ, but certain ones are given the gift of evangelism 
and called into the ministry of evangelism. The Church 
has always had its evangelists, men adept at public 
preaching before srowds large and small, and through 
whom God has often worked to the salvation of great 
numbers of men and women. 

Christians are called upon to co-operate with evan- 
gelists in their work, provided their ministry is in ac- 
cordance with the Word of God. Great awakenings have 
followed the great preaching of men like George White- 
field, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, D. L. Moody, 
Billy Sunday and Billy Graham. 

But evangelists face peculiar temptations. There is the 
danger of superficiality, arising from the fact that they 
need not assume responsibility for the growth of their 


MARCH 16. 1957 


converts, but usually leave the nurture of new babes in 
Christ to pastors in the locality, and go on to fresh fields 
of evangelistic endeavor. Often there is pressure on them 
to produce visible results to justify their ministry and to 
insure a reputation that will open further doors of op- 
portunity for them. This may lead to methods of obtain- 
ing an audience or of gaining decisions that are unbe- 
coming to the gospel. 

But perhaps the fault lies chiefly with Christians as 
a whole. We fail to recognize that God often works 
quietly and inwardly, and we are prone to demand a 
visible show of results. The most fruitful evangelist often 
produces little public display or emotion. No man's suc- 
cess can ever be measured merely by the numbers who 
respond to his public invitations. 


Most evangelists recognize an interdependence of their 
work with that of the local church. Those who are con- 
verted through their meetings need to be brought into 
the church for fellowship and spiritual growth. And most 
evangelists have found from experience that the effec- 
tiveness of their ministry depends upon the purity of the 
church and the soul-winning zeal of its members. Conse- 
quently most evangelists, when conducting a church 
campaign, will first seek to bring revival to Christians, 
knowing that an effective ministry must be a coopera- 
tive effort between himself, the pastor, and his church 
members. Pastors in turn are not to neglect their own 
soul-winning responsibilities, but should place at the 
heart of their ministry, and as the overall objective of 
the church program, the conversion of the lost. 


It is significant in Ephesians 4:11, 12 that the work of 
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers is 
said to be that of "perfecting the saints for their work 
of the ministry." We are nowhere led to believe that 
evangelism is a duty reserved only for a select group 
of people. Every Christian is to be a witness. The tragic 
shortcoming of Christians today is their failure to live 
consistently with their spoken profession. It is the con- 
sistent testimony of evangelists that herein lies the 
greatest hindrance to their ministry. The testimony needs 
to be given, not so much at midweek prayer meeting, 
but outside the church — in the office, on the street, at 
the door — and then reinforced with a quality of life that 
shows the reality of Christ. We are constantly exhorted 
in the Bible to bear testimony to that which we know 
and have experienced of the saving power of Christ. We 
are not to be lawyers, but witnesses. Witnessing is not 
exhorting or persuading, but testifying. 

On one thing almost all evangelists and Christian 
workers agree: the need for the proclamation of the gos- 
pel was never greater than it is now. Liberalism and 
materialism have been found empty and void of hope. 
Their disciples have become disillusioned and are recog- 
nizing their need of something real on which to rest. 

Many men and women of intelligence and high position 
are seeking the authority of God. There is only one sat- 
isfying answer — the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It meets 
every need of the human heart for time and eternity. 


There are certain biblical principles that must govern 
all evangelism, particularly the ministry of evangelists, 
but also the testimony of pastors and Christian laymen. 

(1) THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. Evangelism is the 
proclamation of a particular theme of truth: "that Christ 
died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that 
he was buried, and that he rose again the third day ac- 
cording to the Scriptures" (I Cor. 15:3, 4). There are 
many more truths in the Bible than this, important 
truths that must be faithfully taught by the "pastors 
and teachers"; but this message of the finished work of 
Christ for sinners is the message for the evangelist. To- 
day, as perhaps never before, our Brethren leaders and 
Chi'istians everywhere are awai-e of the need to empha- 
size the content of the gospel message. 

the consistent testimony of our Bible that no Christian 
is capable of converting anyone. Salvation is the work 
of God through the enlightening, convicting power of 
the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). But God works through hu- 
man channels. His normal method is this: the Spirit of 
God, using the Word of God, through the man of God. 
Perhaps the classic description of Spirit-empowered gos- 
pel preaching is in I Corinthians 1:18-2:16. "For the nat- 
ural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: 
for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know 
them, because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED." 

(3) PRAYER. All Christians will recognize the su- 
preme importance of intercessory prayer. "It is more 
important to talk to God about men, than to talk to men 
about God." The most carefully planned and executed 
evangelistic campaign may end in dismal failure unless 
bathed in prayer. On the other hand, God will often an- 
swer the prayers of earnest believers and bring men to 
Christ even though the campaign may not be perfectly 
organized or executed. God answers prayer, and He has 
ordained prayer as one of the means through which He 
works in saving men. 

Beloved, the church must evangelize to propagate it- 
self. Our opportunity to preach the gospel may not long 
continue. Doors are already closing in some places abroad. 
The coming of Christ may be near at hand. This inten- 
sifies the urgency of our supreme task of evangelism, 
the task of all Christians alike — evangelist, pastor, you 
and me — working in co-operation with God in His pro- 
gram of saving lost men and women through the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ. May we carry on faithfully for 
Him till He come, in whatever task He has given us. 

— South Bend, Indiana. 

Make Church attendance a regular habit in your life* 




53 College Ave.. Ashland. Ohio. Phone 39 582 

Contributing Editors: W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE. Gen. Sec,, 
(MRS.) IDA LINDOWER. Adm. Assistan i 

MR. and MRS. NOAH— 1957 

(The following is a condensation of the "splash-by 
splash" account of the recent flood at Krypton, written 
by Joan Ronk. The entire account is fascinating, but our 
limited space forbids that we publish all of it.) 

ON SUNDAY, January 27, we packed our work clothes 
to move to Krypton for the week, since Margaret 
was leaving for the University of Lexington, where she 
was serving as a delegate to the state Farm and Home 

On Monday Dorman began working on the kitchen cab- 
inets, and rain fell until noon. I washed Nancy's diapers 
by hand — what a necessary chore; I certainly would not 
have been a good pioneer! (Ed. comment: She certainly 
proved to be a good one though.) The river is up some. 

Tuesday. Nancy talking at 6:30 A. M. acted as our 
alai-m. We were surprised to see how high the river had 
come. Not all the rain was falling on the ground though. 
A steady drip came down the kitchen wall where the new 
cabinet is. Dorman devised a trough from aluminum foil 
and fastened it to the ceiling. Now the water falls 
directly into the wash bowl. He spread tar on the roof 
which fixed things, at least temporarily. More rain and 
a steady rise in the river. 

The radio reported a rise of 18 inches in 30 minutes; the 
Hazard radio went off the air about 10:30 A. M., after call- 
ing for their engineer. We speculated that he was stranded 
up a "holler." Then Dorman made a river gauge by 
painting 12-inch markings on a board which he fastened 
to a tree. We can measure the river's rise by looking out 
the kitchen window — the average is two feet per hour. 

The electric power stopped — which means the end of 
the gas furnace, lights, refrigerator and water pump. 
Water came into the basement at 3:30, but fortunately 
Dorman had carried out medicines and other important 
items. Believing the water would come up to the floor, 
he prepared a Sunday school room at the church for our 
living. There is a pot-bellied stove in the church base- 
ment which he carried upstairs and connected. He car- 
ried over our water supply and coal from the church 
furnace. We took in a table, a cot for Bruce, the bassinet 
for Nancy and lots of bedding for us to sleep on the 
floor. I hated leaving the house, but by supper time 
I was convinced. 

Supper was not elaborate. Temperature inside was 
55 degrees and there were no lights. I nosed about until 
I discovered a kerosene light. The stove oven warmed 
the kitchen; so we ate there. Peculiar sounds came from 
the basement — jars floating about. 

Water was rushing down the train tracks in front of 
the house. We packed suitcases of our things and nec- 
essary items of food, then moved into the church. I can't 

describe the sick feeling inside me; I guess I was wor! 
ried about the mud and filth to which we would return i 
Coming into the Sunday school room, I smiled — there was' 
a wonderful fire, and on the table six red candles burn-| 
ing. Dorman had found Margaret's Christmas candelabra j 
As I tucked the children into bed, water swirled all) 
about the house and church. Dorman returned to Mar-! 
garet's house to roll up the rugs and set the furniture | 
on the kitchen chairs; then we played Scrabble until! 
11:30, interrupted by frequent trips to examine our im-l 
provised gauge. The water was rising more slowly — sixj 
inches an hour. We prayed the cottage and garage would 
be saved. Neither is substantial, but both are so neces-| 
sary; by that time we realized more should have beerij 
carried out, , 

Wednesday (January 30), This is Margaret's birthday.j 
but she can be thankful she isn't here to see the mess,] 
We are in the middle of the North Fork of the Kentucky 
River, The crest came at 1:00 A, M, We heard a basementj 
window break during the night and water pouring in.l 
Furniture, clothing-room stuff — Just everything — is float- j 
ing around the windows. In the cottage, the piano has tipped: 
over flat on the floor. Water stayed out of Margaret's' 
house, except the basement, which is a perfect mess.j 
Medicines were carried out, but canned food is ruined, ! 

Train tracks became visible about noon, but no one 
can come in or go out. We are thankful our loss isn'ti 
worse. Others are without homes, clothing, furniture, etc.! 
The home of the Hamblin family was washed off the} 
foundation and moved 300 feet. The pot-bellied stove isj 
fine when Dorman fires it — I'm not so good at it, ' 

Thursday. Dorman went to Jackson and Lost Creek 
today for supplies. Rain has fallen most of the day, 
washing off some of the loose mud and packing down i 
the rest. The church basement is full of water, but thatj 
under the house is empty. A layer of mud three inches j 
deep covers the basement. The gas tank is in need ofj 
repair. Now we must wait for the bottled-gas man to 
come and repair and refill before we can heat the house, j 

The power came on again at 3:50 P. M. How wonder-; 
ful to have lights after 48 hours and 35 minutes. The j 
electric heaters Dorman brought back will certainly help ! 
in the house. He brought good Lost Creek water too! 

Friday February 1 ; Ten years ago today Dorman and ; 
I had our first date at a Brethren Youth rally. This has 
been a wonderful decade. In the blinding snowstorm from I 
Louisville to Ashland (ten years ago) we never guessed j 
we would be caught in a flood ten years later! | 

Dorman went to Lexington for Margaret who worried"] 
all week about us. Conditions weren't quite as bad as she i 
feared. More rain today; the river rose a little, but not \ 
enough to cause more damage. Dorman picked up the : 
electric hotplate at Lost Creek, Now we can cook! Del- i 

MARCH 16, 1957 


bert, one of the high school boys, began digging out the 
basement. What a terrible mess! Dorman brought the 
electric pump to empty the basement. The Red Cross 
unit came to the village for typhoid shots. I guess Mar- 
garet will "shoot" us. 

Saturday. Margaret lost nearly everything in the cot- 
tage, most of w^hich was locked in cupboards and we 
hadn't investigated — a record player, two projectors, two 
sewing machines, books, flannelgraphs, the piano, games, 
program materials, teaching aids, personal items, ad 
infinitum. The cost to replace them will be terrific. The 
Red Cross brought blankets and milk to be delivered, 
which Margaret and Dorman have done — plus giving 

The Hamblin house is lodged between the road and 
the railroad tracks. One room has been cut off to allow 
the trains to pass thi'ough. The Hamblins lost lots of 
things; one boy had only the clothes on his back; four 
of their eight children have serious cases of measles. 
Dorman worked under the house on the furnace, but the 
gas man hasn't come to reset or iill the tank; hence we 
have no heat in the house. I hope Margaret doesn't be- 
come sick. She sleeps there but eats here in the church 
with us. The hotplate and stove are fine for cooking. 
Sunshine and warmer temperatures today make every- 
one feel better. The poor village people are scraping 
and scouring. 

Sunday, February 3. No church services today, because 
the furnace is still submerged. The electric pump is 
emptying out the water, but mud and debris remain. We 
had a prayer service; then Margaret visited more 
-sick. Since many of the roads have been washed out, 
Dorman drove the jeep for her again. She is so thank- 
ful for that. Some folks came to the church for Red 
iCross blankets and milk, which I gave out. Everyone is 
so glad to have Margaret back. One lady told me, "We 
^could have faced the flood better, if Miss Lowery had 
Ibeen here." Margaret has been giving us typhoid shots 
too. Today our arms are sore. 

j Monday. What a beautiful day — sunshine. Articles 
(washed and cleaned have dried outside. Doors were 
opened for fresh air. A high school girl helped clean 
iarticles from the cottage. The bottled-gas man came to 
(reset and refill the tank. Margaret cleaned out the floor 


Within a few weeks foreign mission publicity 
will be going out to churches. If you want any 
change made in the number of bulletins, envelopes 
or other materials for your church, please send a 
request for such change to this office promptly. 
Bulletins will be sent in time to be used on April 
7 (the week before Palm Sunday). In this way the 
real appeal for mission giving can be made BE- 
FORE Easter. Please note this change in our plans 
for this year. Some of the foreign mission publicity 
may not come at the same time as the bulletins 
and envelopes, but may arrive later. 

furnace; she nearly stood on her head getting the mud 
out! She is stiff tonight. 

Margaret visited the sick again. Measles galore in the 
village and surrounding areas. Most of them have high 
temperatures too. She seems to shoot everyone on sight 
for typhoid or with penicillin. Some kids hide when she 
visits their homes. The church basement is empty of 
water, but the mud! About six inches must be scraped out. 

Tuesday. Dorman went to Hazard for supplies. He 
passed a new steel and concrete bridge that has been 
twisted and collapsed from the flood. All swinging 
bridges from here to Hazard were washed out too, and 
the river is too deep to cross in a jeep. 

Many people are coming to the house for shots and 
medicine, and Margaret visits many more in their homes. 
She has her "clinic and waiting room" in the kitchen. 
It's a good arrangement as long as patients and meal- 
time don't coincide. At times it's like Grand Central 
Station. More colds and measles. She was out "shoot- 
ing" until 7:00 P. M. 

Because of termites and flood damage to the cottage, 
Margaret is fixing a room in the church for meetings. 
The flood weakened the cottage considerably, which 
makes it unsafe for group meetings. Bruce enjoyed watch- 
ing Dorman give Margaret her typhoid shot. 

Wednesday. Before breakfast was over the sick began 
knocking at the door. One woman who intended to bring 
her ten children for typhoid shots could not make it 
though. Water had been up to the roof of her house. A 
truck was stuck on the road and no vehicle could 
pass it. 

Margaret, Delbert (a high school boy), and Dorman 
worked in the church basement. Much good clothing is 
now no good. New baby layettes are soaked and dirty; 
Sunday school pictures, materials, and numerous items 
are completely ruined. The piano was flat on the floor 
after the water was all pumped out. It had floated 
around like everything else and is good only for kind- 
ling. Margaret had just purchased Bibles and chorus 
books; they are all dirty too. Three years of work and 
improvements were washed away in a few hours. 

By the time all danger of contamination is passed, 
we'll own a portion of the Clorox Company. We washed 
furniture, dishes, hands and clothes in Clorox water. Be- 
sides this, we boiled every drop of water 20 minutes first. 
The well has been treated with chlorinated lime, but that 
doesn't replace the boiling or Clorox. More rain, more 
sick, and more shots. Nancy had her typhoid shot this 

Thursday. We took Nancy and Bruce into Hazard for 
shots of gamma globulin to ease measles, if they get that. 
So very many cases are here; we will be surprised if 
they escape. The shots had to be authorized by a doc- 
tor; hence Margaret couldn't give them. 

Tonight Margaret totalled her nursing calls for six 
days. She has given 75 typhoid shots (which means 150 
more in the next two weeks), plus penicillin shots, hypos, 
and other medications. More new cases of measles today, 
but others are improving. 

The woman and her ten children arrived this morn- 
ing for their shots. Each of the children was given a 



peppermint stick of candy. One boy walked outside and 
fell flat in the mud in a faint. I pity the poor woman 
when all the arms begin to hurt. 

Saturday. This is Bruce's birthday. We had creamed 
chicken for dinner, plus a big cake with some of Mar- 
garet's good marshmallow frosting and four candles. We 
celebrated by working and watching the rain come down 
and the river come up. 

Help fr6m Ashland arrived about 1:35 A. M. After a 
few hours sleep the fellows worked in the church all day 
and have much to show for theiu efforts. One of the jobs 
was moving a bigger heating stove into the Sunday school 
room. The stove looked like new after they gave it a 
coat of paint. Dick Allison, Jim Decker, and Chuck Low- 
master were the strong men. Bobbie Lowmaster, a nurse, 
helped me in the kitchen. They had to have shots too; 
but Margaret waited till their work was over. 

Sunday, February 10. What a beautiful day! But the 
river is high too. The Sunday service was cared for by 
the Ashland fellows. About 40 attended this fine service. 
Dick gave an object lesson; Jim sang; and Charles taught 
the lesson. Everyone appreciated the newly-decorated 
room. I must say it looks more homey than last week 
when we lived in it. 

After dinner we went jeep-riding. Two roads out of 
Krypton were covered with water; so we took the thix'd 
which went around the mountain to Napfor., We saw the 
Johnson house where the river had been over the house. 
Returning to Krypton, we drove the road to Yerkes. 
Water still covered it, but we were able to get through 
— it came only to the running board. Since Chuck has an 
8 o'clock class at the college, they decided to start back. 

We didn't linger over supper; they wanted to start 
their trip. With a prayer for their safety, they were off. 
Dorman followed with the jeep, in case they needed help 
in the deep water; however, they drove through fine. 
Unless another quirk of fate occurs again tonight, we'll 
return to Lost Creek tomorrow. 

Monday, Febraary 11. We made it! 



It was my privilege to be able to travel to California 
and to take part in the District Conference during Jan- 
uary. My family and I enjoyed our trip to and from 
California and a two weeks stay with the Gilmers in 
Manteca. I spoke in the Lathrop Church from Sunday 
through Wednesday preceding the conference. Then I 
shared the speaking with Rev. Virgil Meyer during the 
Conference. The Conference was a very enjoyable one 

and the spirit of fellowship and service was good. The 
Lathrop Chuixh did a fine job of entertaining the Con- 
ference. On Sunday morning Rev. Meyer spoke in the' 
Stockton Church and I spoke in the Manteca Church. 

The week after conference was spent in revival ser- ' 
vices in the Stockton Church. Brother Howard Crom isj 
doing a fine job of filling the pulpit for the church. He; 
and I spent the week calling among the Brethren. Thej 
services were fine, and a communion sei-vice was heldj 
Sunday evening to close the meetings. I greatly enjoyed ; 
the fellowship of Brother Crom and the members of the ' 
Stockton Church. | 

Thus in two weeks 1 was privileged to speak in all j 
three of the California churches, and to enjoy the fel- ; 
lowship of the California Brethren. I would commend the, 
California District for the job it is doing. They need, andi 
would appreciate, the prayers of the Brotherhood on I 
their behalf. All in all, it was an enjoyable time and a 
time of real spiritual emphasis in breaking the bread of 

A. H. Grumbling, Bryan, Ohio. 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Be!ot« 


"How long will you go limping with different opinions? 
If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow 
him." I Kings 18:2L 

AT ONE CHURCH which I served there was a weath- 
er vane, and when we wanted to determine the di- 
rection of the wind, all we had to do was get where we 
could see the steeple of the church (which was in the 
next yard) and we could acquire the desired information, 
As a man was walking to church one day, he suddenly 
wanted to know from what direction the wind was blow- 
ing and looked to the steeple of the church. But on that 
church a cross took the place of the weather vane. And 
as he looked the second time at the cross, he imagined 
that God spoke to him and said: "You do not need to 
know which way the wind is blowing. You need only to! 
know which way you are going. I AM THE WAY." ' 

One of the dangers of our time is to put a weather 
vane in the place of the cross — the danger of seeking 
public opinion before daring a Christlike action. Too ' 
many times men ask themselves the question: "What 
will people say?" when they should ask: "O Lord Jesus, 
what would you have me to do or say?" Modern civiliza- 
tion is ever tempting men to worship the golden calf of 
public opinion. 

Moses did not speak for the majority at Mt. Sinai, 
and likewise neither did Elijah speak for the majority 
at Mt. Carmel. But as it was then, so is it now, the ma- 
jority is not always right. But those who speak for 
God are always right — and in the end they and their 
decisions are remembered because they spoke for God. 
"What wouldst Thou have me to do?" "This is the way, 
walk thou in it." 

/lARCH 16. 1957 



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General Conference Secretary, H. Francis Berkshire 
mds in the following announcement: "Anyone having 
|)pies of the following Annuals of Brethren Conference 
tid wish to release them for the permanent files of the 
ecretary of the General Conference, please forward 
lem to me at Lanark, Illinois. Duplicate copies will be 
[ipreciated also. Dates before 1900 through 1931." 

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Ashland, Ohio 
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Saved TBy §mce 

7hrougk Faith 

Cpkesmns 2:8-9 

TN THE EPHESIAN LETTER we go into the 

temple through an arch of triumph. It is as 
though a door were opened in heaven and the tu- 
mult of earth passed away. 

In verses 3 to 10 of Ephesians 2, we find sub- 
lime utterances, for the Apostle surveys the en- 
tire course of the revelation of grace; we feel 
the lack of power and wisdom to render these 
divine truths. 

The aged apostle is looking back to man's sal- 
vation when it lay in the thought of God (For sal- 
vation was in the mind of God before the foun- 
dation of the world) and foi*ward to the time 
when mankind would be saved by grace through 

In laying His plan for the world, God had the 
purpose of grace in mind. The kingdom which 
the children of God inherit is the kingdom pre- 
pared for them from the foundation of the world 
according to Matt. 25:34. Salvation hes as deep 
as creation, for the provision for it is eternal. 
Creation, redemption, new nature and the church 
ai'e all parts of God's plan. 

Here Paul calls attention to the glory of God's 
redeeming love in its past design; its present 
bestowment and its future realization, thus re- 
vealing the sovereign grace of God from eternity 
to eternity. No one understood God's plan of sal- 
vation better than Paul for he speaks of an in- 
heritance. What does he mean? Just this, for- 
giveness of past sins, adoption into the family- 
of God, heirs to all that God hath and a life hid 
with Christ in God. 

The method of obtaining this inheritance is 
found in Ephesians 1:13-14, "In whom ye also 
trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, 
the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after 
that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy 
Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our 

l^ev. ©. e. White 

inheritance until the redemption of the purchaser 
possession unto the praise of His glory." 

Paul was a Jew but he never forgot througl 
whom he obtained salvation, for it was by graC' 
through faith. ' 

The means through which salvation is realize«, 
in the world is the redemption secured througl! 
Christ. Paul calls attention to the nature of graci 
in speaking to the Ephesians of their formel 
alienation from God and then of their presenj 
reconciliation with Him as a result of grace. H( 
prayed that they might be strengthened, spirit 
ually, and be filled with the fullness of God. H(| 
urges upon them the realization of their mem! 
bership in the one church which is the body o: 
Christ. He shows that redemption is the eternal 
thought of God. "I therefore beseech you that y<| 
walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye artj 
called." Ephesians 4:1. The eternal past is gonel 
but if we conform to the image of His Son in th(i 
present world the future will take care of itself i 

You may ask, "But how shall I conform?" Iii 
2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul tells, "But we all watl! 
open faces beholding as in a glass the glory o 
the Lord, are changed into the same image fron 
glory tQ glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord.' 

Faith in the Son of God and a life of trust 
with constant contemplation of his life in th( 
gospel, changes us from glory to glory into Hi; 

In Galatians 3:11, we read, "But that no mai 
is justified by the law in the sight of God, it i; 
evident: for, the just shall live by faith." Beini 
justified through faith is the finished work o: 
Christ. We cannot depend on good works. W< 
must seek to find and ask to receive; Repent an( 
be baptised for the remission of sin. 

Faith is necessary to the continuation of th< 
spiritual life of the believer. Hebrews 10:38 


MARCH 16, 1957 


"Now the just shall live by faith ; but if any 
man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure 
in Him." The faith that saved us must continue 
to keep us saved. The life received by faith must 
[be retained by faith. By faith we receive the 
love of God to rule our lives. By faith we receive 
Jesus who came in the likeness of man. By faith 
we accept Him and serve Him. Paul said, "The 
life I now live, I live in faith by God's Son." 
But beware: let us not draw back, for faith is 
the rock upon which this divine life is contin- 
ued. We cannot serve God and Mammon. If we 
are to be saved by Christ we must be ruled by 
Him. It is contrary to all reason and scripture 
ithat the devil rule a man and at the same time 
Christ be his Saviour. 

Romans 1:17, "For therein is the righteous- 
ness of God revealed from faith to faith." That 
is to say: faith admits to the covenant of grace, 
but the unfolding of the covenant of grace de- 
mands more faith. As believers if we acknowledge 
our sins and are in distress of spirit we can hear 
Christ say, "Come unto me all ye who are weary 
and heavy laden." If we sin we have an advocate 
with the Father. Our faith rests on these prom- 
ises and lo: peace comes again. 

Some folks fear death. We do not want dying 
grace; we need living grace, and dying grace 
will come at the end of life. 

All about this world there is a sea of sin 
brought about by man's disobedience to God's 
plan for His creatures. The world which God 
created in purity is fast sinking into this sea of 
sin. God's hand reaches down from heaven and 
His holy word says, "By grace are ye saved 
through faith." 

Sin has made a great gulf between God and 
man, and God must reach across it with His love 
and rescue sinking man. that we "May be able 
to comprehend with all saints what is the 
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And 
to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowl- 
edge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness 
of God." Ephesians 3:18-19. This love of God is 
too vast for man's knowledge. Even when we were 
dead in sin He quickened us together with Christ. 
This is a present day miracle. The new birth. 

1. Faith is the call of the eternal in man for God. 
It is what God seeks in every human life. With- 
out faith we can not take hold of God. 

2. Faith is acquisition of God. Without faith 
it is impossible to please God or have Him. No 
man can ignore God or deny Him and have Him, 

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and 
that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephe- 
sians 2:8,9. 

for He is the possession of His creatures. "Faith 
is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence 
of things not seen." 

3. Faith is man's estimate of God. God is in- 
finite. He is the size of our faith. No man has a 
bigger God than his faith. "Now unto him who 
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that 
we ask or think, according to the power that 
worketh in us." Ephesians 3:20. This power is 
the Holy Spirit, according to our faith. 

4. Faith is God's opportunity. Lack of faith 
hmits divine activity in our lives. God can do 
no more for us or through us than the size of 
our faith. He wants our love, our obedience and 
our service but they can be no greater than our 
faith. We need to pray "Lord, I believe, help 
thou my unbelief." Some read the Bible and won- 
der if it is true (Doubt). Some pray and wonder 
if God heard (Doubt). Some think of heaven and 
wonder if it is real (Doubt). 

"By grace are ye saved through faith." If this 
is a reality in our lives the doubts will disappear. 
Jesus said to His Disciples, "0 ye of little faith." 

Ephesians 6:23-24. "Peace be to the brethren 
and love with faith from God the Father and the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love 
our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. 

— Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. 




that must be kepi 

Rev. L. 0. McCartneysmitti 

"There is One Body, and One Spirit, even as ye are 
called in One Hope of your calling; One Lord, One 
Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father." (Eph. 4:4-6). 

the Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit enumerated to the 
Ephesian Brethren to be kept as the "unity" of the 
Spirit. It was then, and now is still necessary that Chris- 
tians observe this "unity" in order to live in conformity 
with the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ relative to the 
"unity" of His followers, as recorded in John 17:20-21 in 
these words: "Neither pray I for these alone, but for 
them also which shall believe on me through their word; 
that they may all be one; as Thou, Father, art in me, and 
I in Thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world 
may believe that Thou hast sent me." 

But in open defiance to His prayer, today people bear- 
ing the name "Christian" are divided into about 500 de- 
nominations and sects! For this reason it is well that we 
Brethren should earnestly strive to "contend for The 
Faith Once For All Delivered Unto the Saints." There- 
fore, the first fact presented to us in the above text is: 


In the Authorized, or King James Version of the New 
Testament, which we use, we find the word "church" and 
"churches" frequently; however, if carefully compared 
with the Greek, in which our New Testament was orig- 
inally written, we discover that in most instances the 
word "congregation" or "congregations" should have 
been used; because there is but One Body or Church, but 
many congregations. A clear example of this we find in 
Revelation 1:11 where the apostle John was commanded 
to write what he saw in a book and send it to "the seven 
churches which are in Asia." Then in chapters 2 and 

(The above sermon was delivered at the Southeastern 
District Conference Ministerium, Oak Hill, W. Virginia, 
June 19th, 1956) 

3 we read individual letters to each of these "churches.! 
It would seem that the compilers of this version, whos! 
work was accomplished during the Reformation perioc', 
mistranslated these words. The words used here are: If 
the singular for "congregation," the Greek word is el' 
klesias. In the plural for the word "congregations" th 
Greek word is either ekklesion, or ekklesiai: while ij 
speaking to His disciples about His Church: "Upon thij 
rock I will build my Church," the Greek word is ekklej 
sian. In Acts 5:11, where the entire assembly or all thJ 
congregations is spoken of, the word ekklesian is agai ' 
used. Again, in Ephesians 5:25 where Christ is spoken oj 
as having "loved the Church and given himself for it,! 
the word ekklesian is used, which is correct, as well a: 
in verse 27, where it is the Church that is mentioned in! 
stead of the congregation: "That He might present i' 
to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle | 
etc. The same Greek word ekklesian is used in the 29tl] 
verse of this same chapter correctly. In practically ever;{ 
other place in the New Testament where the wor| 
"church" is used it should be "congregation." 

It would seem that the first congregation of the earl;t 
Church was located at Jerusalem, inasmuch as those arj 
mentioned as having been added to the congregation dail;l 
as they were being saved. (In Matthew 18:15-17 wherj 
Christ is instructing His disciples relative to disciplin! 
ing a brother in error, the word "church" is used in thi; 
Authorized Version, but again the Greek word fronj 
which this word was translated is again ekklesia whicl 
should have been translated "congregation.") 

We further learn that those converts "added daily fr, 
the congregation," "Continued stedfastly in the apostle | 
doctrine, and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread an< ; 
in prayers" (Acts 2:42). Just how many people callinjj 
themselves Christians today follow this procedure? Fa 1 
too many do not even know what "apostolic doctrines'! 
are ! These doctrines are to be found only in the Nev ; 
Testament, and are not the doctrines of men, but of God 
Although "many members" yet "one body," and all mem ; 
bers are "baptised into one body" (See I Cor. 12:12, 13 1 
14). To accomplish the will of God, this "body" must btj 
in agreement, and work in unison! The second "unity* i 
is: I 

^ARCH 16, 1957 


i He is the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, the 3rd Per- 
lon of the Holy Trinity. It would be just as reasonable 
iQ claim that there is more than one Spirit as it is to 
laim that there is more than one Church. He was sent 
[lere into the world for a three-fold purpose: (1) To 
onvince or convict the world: (a) Of sin, (b) Of right- 
ousness, (c) Of judgment. (2) To guide the Church 
nto all Truth. (3) To comfort the Church, or Bride of 
Christ (See John 16:7-14). 

This Spirit works with the Church, or Bride which is 
he Body of Christ, for we read in Revelation 22:17: 
And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him 
hat heareth say, Come. And whosoever will, let him 
ake of the water of life freely." 


And that is not "Lord Mohammed." Neither "Lord 
Juddha," nor "Lord Confucius"; but — The Lord Jesus 
Christ! Foretold by the Prophets; bom of the Virgin 
lary; suffered for our sins; arose from the dead; and 
ascended to the right hand of the Majesty on High, 
rem whence He shall come again for His own! Modern- 
5ts present several versions of Jesus. In the first issues 
f their New Standard Version of the New Testament he 
/as presented as the "son of Joseph and Mary" but that 
;as been changed in later issues. Now the latest is that 
le was the son of a German soldier! This is claimed by 
he atheistic Nels Ferre in his book The Christian Un- 
lerstanding of God. They present that He was a Great 
'eacher, the Great Ideal, and many other fancy names, 
lut in spite of all this. He is our only Saviour, the Lord 
f the believer's life, and our coming King! God did not send 
two sons" into the world, neither did "sons" die on Cal- 
ary: but the Only Begotten Son of God. The "one Lord," 
led for us. Only "one" Lord sits at God's right hand. 
)nly "one Lord" will return. (The 4th unity follows): 


This is "The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints" 
Jude 3) "Beloved, when I gave diligence to write unto 
'ou of the common salvation, it was needful for me to 
mte unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly 
ontend for the Faith which was once delivered unto the 
>aints." God has not since delivered a single "faith" to 
.nyone on earth! But men have manufactured over 500 
dditional "faiths" and presented them to unsuspecting 
)eople as being heaven sent. We are commanded in God's 
Vord: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the Faith; 
trove your own selves" (1 Cor. 12:5). Instead of doing 
his people accept anything offered, without proving it 
•y God's Word, to their own destruction. Yet people 
jleefuUy sing "Faith of Our Fathers, Holy Faith, we will 
»e True to Thee 'Til death." But are they true to "The 
""aith of our Fathers"? The Faith of our Fathers can 
)e found only in the New Testament, and any faith that 
loes not conform to God's Word is worthless man-made 
reed. We now reach the 5th unity: 


One "dipping," and not "one dip" nor "one sprinkling.") 

1. Jesus Christ never instituted but one baptism. In 
vhat is conceded by all denominations as being the 


Great Commission for all believers, Jesus Christ tells His 
followers precisely how they must administer baptism 
(Matthew 28:19), and what they shall teach those bap- 
tized: "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded." Yet denominationalism gives 
its converts a choice of one of four modes of what they 
call baptism: (1) Sprinkling with water. (2) Pouring 
water upon their heads. (3) Dipping them once back- 
ward in water. (4) Dipping them three times face for- 
ward in water, according to the Great Commission: "In 
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." This choice is usually left to the candidate; how- 
ever one minister informed the writer that his church 
informed candidates that they could choose any of the 
four modes mentioned, and then added: "But we usually 
end the matter by sprinkling them!" 

Quakers and a few other denominations claim that 
baptism is not necessary and therefore they do not bap- 
tize in any mode. The Salvation Army adheres to this 
belief, and does not baptize any of its converts. Inas- 
much as these denominations claim either of their four 
modes is correct and admissable before God, would it not 
be as reasonable for them to claim more than one Lord? 
The Holy Spirit knew what the will of God was when 
He dictated this letter to the Congregation at Ephesus, 
and he never makes mistakes. Therefore someone must 
be radically wrong! We now reach the 6th unity that 
must be kept: 


No one in his right mind would claim more than one 
God and Father. If He is a Father, undoubtedly He must 
have a Son. This Son is His only Begotten Son, conceived 
by the Holy Ghost, and Born of The Virgin Mary! 
Neither may we claim more than One Church, One Spirit, 
One Hope of our Calling, One Lord, One Faith, One Bap- 
tism, and One God and Father above all. Now we have 
reached the seventh Unity, which is: 


(This is listed as being the 3rd unity). 

Inasmuch as the sum total of the preceding six unities 
amounts to the One Hope of Your Calling, and our hope 
as Christians rests upon the full acceptance and keeping 
of these preceding six unities, the seventh is being con- 
sidered last; for together we sing: "My hope is built 
on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness," and 
"On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is 
sinking sand." We still sing it this way, even though a 
certain new hymnal, used by some of our churches, has 
deleted the word "blood" from this hymn. We sing also: 
"How Firm a Foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid 
for your Faith in His excellent Word. What more can 
He say than to you He hath said; to you who for refuge 
to Jesus have fled?" But do people believe "What He 
hath Said?" If we accept these seven Unities and keep 
them, can we not sing the next verse with far greater 
fervor? "Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed; 
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid. I'll 
strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand; up- 
held by my righteous omnipotent Hand!" 

Cumberland, Md. 



Vmyer ffleeting 

hy G. T. §ilmer 


"The Church has one foundation, 
'Tis Jesus Christ her Lord ..." 
— (Eph. 2:20) 

CHRIST BUILDS His Church on Christ the Rock 
(Matt. 16:18-20). Peter himself declared that the 
Church was not built upon Peter but upon Christ (1 
Peter 2:4-9). Peter ("petros"— "a little rock") is a loose 
stone, but the Christ is the Foundation Rock on which the 
Church is built (1 Cor. 3:11). There can be no other 
foundation than Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). Man-made founda- 
tions are sinking sand (Matt. 7:26, 27). 

"Praise God for our Foundation sure! 
Builded on the Rock, Christ Jesus; 
No storms can harm our house secure, 
Builded on the Rock of God." 

The church that professes to be built upon Peter is 
far astray from the things for which Peter stood (1 
Peter 2:7; 5:1). Peter would not stand for Mariolatry 
(2 Peter 2:1-3)! The church that substitutes a foundation 
for the Christ is holding a rock that cannot hold. 

"I hold not the Rock, but the Rock holds me; 
I rest on the Rock, and the Rock holds me, 
Resting on the Rock of God." 

The Church is "the called out" by definition (2 Cor. 
6:17). "The called out" ones will be raptured when Jesus 
comes for His own (Heb. 12:22, 23). The saved compose 
the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18). Christ is 
building His Church (Eph. 2:19-22). It is variously de- 
scribed in Scripture (Eph. 2:19-22). It is Christ's Body 
by His purchase (Acts 20:28). Each individual in the 
Church is described as a "lively stone" builded on the 
Rock, which is Christ (1 Peter 2:4, 5). Individual Chris- 
tians are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the one Body 
(1 Cor. 12:12-14). With Christ as the Head there is per- 
fect coordination in the Body (1 Cor. 12:14-27). Christ is 
adding to His body through the evangelizing efforts of 
local congregations (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14). 

The authority given to Peter in Matthew 16:19 is 
given to all the apostles in John 20:21-23. Scripture is 
its own interpreter: compare Matthew 16:18, 19 with 
Matthew 18:18-20. In the Jerusalem council, James, not 
Peter, gave the final verdict (Acts 15:13-21). Paul did 
not regard Peter as a pope (Gal. 2:6, 9). In fact, he 
withstood Peter to his face, and by divine inspiration 
wrote down that rebuke in the Holy Scripture (Gal. 
2:11-14). In Acts 8:14 Peter is "sent" by the apostles 
along with John to Samaria, which shows that he was 
not in authority over them. Peter took his wife with him 
on his missionary journeys (1 Cor. 9:5). He never went 
to Rome but went to Babylon (1 Peter 5:13). He was to 

go to the Jews and not the Gentiles (Gal. 2:9). Rome W£ ! 
a Gentile church (Rom. 1:13). Paul always went whei] 
no other apostle had been (Rom. 15:20; 1 Cor. 10:15, 16', 

When Paul wrote to the church at Rome he salute; 
27 persons in the closing chapter, but said nothing aboit 
Peter. This was in 58 A. D. When Paul wrote his prisoi 
epistles from Rome he said nothing about Peter. i\ 
Paul's second imprisonment at Rome, about 67 A. D., 1;| 
wrote his second letter to Timothy in which he sail! 
"only Luke is with me," and he made no reference 1 ; 
Peter. Peter was never a pope but a stone, one of mani 
with which Christ is building up a spiritual house (i 
Peter 2:4) upon Christ as the solid Rock. | 

The Church, built upon Christ and not man, is "th! 
pillar and ground of truth" (1 Tim. 3:15). This Churc' 
is entrusted with God's truth (John 17:8, 14, 17). God| 
Word is not the traditions of men (1 Thess. 2:13). Th[ 
New Testament Church is thoroughly reliable (Ep]' 
2:20). The gates of Hell shall not prevail against thj 
true Church (Matt. 16:18). The trusting disciple is kej] 
by God's power (1 Peter 1:5). 

"Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood 

Shall never lose its pow'r, 
Till all the ransomed Church of God 

Be saved to sin no more." 


^ _ Wniiam H. Anderson 

Lesson for March 24, 1957 


Lesson: Matthew 23:13-15, 23-28, 37-39 

A WOMAN CLERK in the Jersey City, New Jerse> 
school system dutifully collected $12,000 in sal 
ary over a period of five years. When confronted b;| 
the authorities she readily admitted that all that timj 
she had not worked a single day! Her excuse? "I woulcj 
have come to work if anyone had asked me to." 

Most people acknowledge that such conduct is dishon] 
est. There are many other ways, however, in whicl! 
a person may fail to be honest. To profess outwardl:| 
what you are not inwardly is also dishonest. This i:; 
called HYPOCRISY! j 

Jesus Christ looks beneath the polished veneer o:j 
men's lives. He sees men as they really are. He is nO'\ 
deceived by outward, pious, religious acts however con! 
vincingly displayed. It is no wonder He pronounce( 
judgment upon the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees. 

The scribes and Pharisees were the religious men o: 
Jesus' day. They were instructed in the fundamental law: 
of God. Scrupulously they kept the letter of the law 
Obedience, prayer, the tithe, ceremonial cleansing, sepa 
ration from the world — yea, in all these things they wen 

Still the Master sternly condemned them! Why? Tru( 
prayer is more than saying words; sincere tithing i 


lARCH 16, 1957 


lore than giving of possessions; genuine purity is more 
lan keeping the cup clean. Obedience to God involves 
le whole man — the will, the intellect, the emotions, and 
16 body. 

The Pharisees prayed, but their prayer was mere 
pretence" (vs. 14). 

The Pharisees were zealous in winning converts, but 
leir godless philosophy led men into hell (vs. 15) ! 

The Pharisees tithed faithfully and meticulously, even 
own to the smallest garden vegetables, but they cared 
othing for the more important issues of life (vs. 23). 

The Pharisees very carefully strained everything they 
rank lest a tiny gnat be swallowed, but they could 
swallow a camel" (vs. 24). 

The Pharisees would not think of using a cup or plat- 
iv until first it had been carefully washed, but they neg- 
!cted the inside of the vessel (vs. 25). 

All these practices Jesus denounced in the Pharisees! 
Ihy the severe condemnation of hypocrites? Is it so 
Tong that a man should attempt to deceive himself? 


Could the Church of today be guilty of hypocrisy, 
lus leading many astray by dishonesty? Dr. Frank S. 
lead says of the Jews of Jesus' day: "Entrance to the 
jinks of Jewry was by way of baptism, circumcision and 
[ gift to the Temple. The emphasis was on an external 
|te, rather than on a change of heart." 

1 The Church must beware lest the externals which she 
iiaches and practices (baptism, church membership, 
!>mmunion, good works, etc.) lead men to think that 
jiese things are the sum total of salvation. The Church 
ust emphasize that entrance into the Kingdom is de- 
indent upon a change of heart which leads to a change 
' conduct! 

' Christianity is composed of externals. How else can 
Jie describe repentance, confession of faith, baptism, 
iimmunion, church membership, church attendance, Bible 
|!ading, prayer, etc. ? But the external without the in- 
(rnal is valueless! James Russell Lowell expressed it 

I. these words: "The gift without the giver is bare." 

! Shall we abandon the externals by saying all that is 

iiportant is internal? Not at all! Let us rather teach 

lie importance of the attitude and condition of the heart 

all our actions. Let us pray from the heart; give from 

e heart; and be pure in the heart. Then our motives 

.d actions will be without hypocrisy. 

]unday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 

• ••«*A^A*A^^^A^ 


1. Try visitation. Telephone calls and postcards are 
Ipful, but there is no substitute for the visit in the 

home. Set aside .a regular night each month for class 
visitation. Plan it carefully and prayerfully. Begin with 
a fellowship supper; then go out by twos and close the 
evening with the group returning at a set time to give 
reports of the evening's experiences. There are three 
groups of people to visit: 

a. Prospects. Every class should have a list of names 
of people not attending any Sunday school. Members of 
the church who do not come to Sunday school, newcom- 
ers in the town or neighborhood, names given by friends, 
and contacts with strangers — all are sources from which 
to gather these prospects. 

b. Sick, absent, and irregular members. Everyone likes 
to know he is missed; and a friendly visit, a word of 
cheer and prayer is a very practical demonstration of 
the love we have for one another through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. 

c. Regular members. Do you remember that old child- 
hood game of "fruit basket?" Try a new variation of it 
in your class. Put all the names with addresses on slips 
of paper and have each one draw a name in class. Keep 
secret whose name is drawn; then within two weeks call 
on that member. Even if old friends, the purpose of 
Christian fellowship has been accomplished, and many 
who have known each other only in class have become 
closer friends. 

2. Class prayer meetings. The teacher and class offi- 
cers should meet together at the beginning of each quar- 
ter and decide upon class aims. Then call the class to- 
gether for prayer. Present the needs, especially the sal- 
vation of any unsaved members. Banding together in 
prayer for teacher and class brings blessings and re- 

3. Train your class members. When a teacher-train- 
ing course is being held, urge your class to attend. Create 
interest in the subject to be taught by presenting it in 
advance in such a way that it will have a personal ap- 
peal. The more trained adult workers your Sunday school 
has, the more efficiently work can be done. Unsuspecting 
talent is often discovered in a new member who has been 
invited to the study class. 

4. Encourage good reading. Choose subjects especially 
interesting to your age group. Introduce the book briefly 
in class; then start it going from member to member. 
Add new books often and use a fellowship evening as 
"Book Review," giving opportunity for sketches by 
those who have enjoyed the reading circle. Helping adults 
to value and appreciate fine spiritual reading should be 
one of the adult teacher's joys. 

5. Make your classroom attractive. Neatness, orderli- 
ness, dusted seats, clean windows — all have a part in 
creating a good class atmosphere. The larger schools 
have the advantage of separate rooms; never let them 
be dingy and cheerless. Choose soft colors for the walls 
and invite class participation in decorating and furnish- 
ing. Your house is neat; why shouldn't God's house be 
neat too? 








That millions in the world's underdeveloped areas can 
now read is a major achievement of the Christian mis- 
sion effort, but even more important today is what they 
are reading declared Dr. Floyd Shacklock, in announcing 
a two-year global survey of Christian publications over- 

Dr. Shacklock, executive director of the Committee on 
World Literacy and Christian Literature, made the an- 
nouncement at the committee's annual meeting in New 

There is need for a I'eappraisal of the quality of the 
books and magazines being made available to the newly 
literate, Dr. Shacklock told the group, as well as a sur- 
vey of their distribution and use. The flood of com- 
munist printed propaganda being disseminated through- 
out Asia and Africa, he underlined, poses another chal- 
lenge to the committee. 

A bequest of $75,000 to be known as the Gertrude H. 
Weller Fund, recently made to the committee, will help 
make the survey possible. 


Episcopal Bishop Gerald Francis Burrill of Chicago has 
laid down some guiding principles for the "revival" of the 
Church's healing ministry. He termed the increased em- 
phasis on healing "a work of God, the Holy Ghost stirr- 
ing His Church to minister to the needs of the world." 

His statement in Advance, monthly magazine of the 
Diocese of Chicago, warned however against "extrava- 
gant interpi'etations" in the "Popular pre-occupation with 
problems of disease and health." It also warned against 
what the bishop called heretical cults that have "empha- 
sized healing as the end and total meaning of the whole 
Christian faith." 

Bishop Burrill praised "the continued emphasis upon 
the Visitation of the Sick, the inclusion of Unction in 
the Prayer Book as a healing sacrament, and the apos- 
tolic practice of the laying on of hands with prayer. All 
of these," he said, "are increasingly in regular use among 

us, and it is hoped that the benefits of such minist; 
tions will be even more widely enjoyed." 

He added that "the Early Church knew that 


for healing was a part of the ministry established 
our Lord, and through the entire history of Christian 
this fact has been recognized." But emphasis on heali 
in the parish priest's normal ministry gradually declin 
be said, after the days of the Apostles. 


The president of the Greater Miami Council of Churd } 
said that many Florida parents may abandon the puis 
school system in favor of private church schools unl Is 
religious instiniction is offered by the public schools. T|5 
Rev. Henry Dahlbex-g, pastor of First Presbyterian chuli 
in Miami, told a committee of the Dade County schjl 
board that various Protestant church groups. are "insi 
ing that the problem be looked into and analyzed." 

Rabbi Leon Kronish, spiritual leader of Temple B 
Sholom, opposed the Presbyterian minister's viewpo: 
"It is not the place of schools to provide religious instrf 
tion," he said. "That should be done outside schools ;i 
the home, church or synagogue. If we are speaking t 
moral and ethical values," he continued, "that is ijJ 
thing. I think we should analyze what schools are dojf 
now along that line, and improve this instruction if r- 
essary, but I will throw a stumbling block if we use ' 
term 'religion.' " 

The committee agreed to meet again next month ') 
discuss the "released-time" program under which £'• 
dents leave school one hour each week to receive rc!r 
ious instruction at their church or synagogue. Howei 
there is opposition to that plan also. j 

Read your 

Brethren Evangelisl' 

every week. 


ARCH 16, 1957 


^ "OPINION" ^ 

H. A. Gossard 


Let's leave the worst of life behind, 

We can't use it in heaven: 
For even love and life that's kind, 

Will have a bit of leaven. 

Were it not for God's mercy here, 

We'd perish ere He takes us. 
In all the best that vi^e appear. 

Is dust till He remakes us. 

Though we may boast in self-conceit. 

We're helpless as God sees us. 
All Godless Souls can not compete 

With Satan till God frees us. 

So, why not yield our Soul to God, 

And win against temptations? 
He'll guide us as we onward plod, 

Assured of His Salvation. 

Though we may walk the Righteous Path, 

And pray our Lord to guide us; 
Sometimes we're taught by folks in wrath 

To tread the way denied us. 

H. A. Gossard. 


Faith looks across the storm- 
It does not doubt 

Or stop to look at clouds 
And things without. 

Faith does not question why 

When all his ways 
Are hard to understand, 

But trusts and prays. 

It seeks the greatest gift 

And asks not sight; 
It does not need to see — 

He is its light. 

Above the tempest's roar 

It hears his voice; 
And, with its hands in his, 

Faith can rejoice. 

It fears no cloud, or wind 

That it can bring; 
Faith looks across the storm 

And still can sing. 

—Author Unknown. 




I Dr Dixon tells of a man, a loving, kind-hearted 

!ither who took his little boy out in the coun- 

fy for a walk. As they were roaming through 

lie fields they stopped and sat down under a tree 

l»r a little rest in the cool shade. While the little 

!)y was playing in the grass, the father fell 


After a while he awoke and called for his boy, 

|it there was no response. He walked around and 

jiUed at the top of his voice, to hear only the 

!f-ho of his own voice. With fear he went to the 

llge of a steep precipice across the field and, 

loking down, to his horror he saw the lifeless 

Irm of his child lying upon the rocks! 

I What remorse! What pain and anguish! Could 

ie father ever forgive himself for sleeping 

jliile he was the only guardian of his darling 

did? What could he say to the sorrow-stricken 

ife as he brought the mangled corpse home to 

i|5 fond mother? How far could all his remorse, 

liars, confession, and promises go toward re- 

iloring the joy and hope of the home to the sor- 

I'Wing parents ? , 

jHow can a father sleep and be indifferent 

while his son is playing so dangerously near the 
brink of eternal ruin and death? How can a 
mother be careless and unconcerned and spend 
her time in idleness, foolishness, society, and 
pleasure while her daughter is nearing the awful 
precipice of worldliness, pride, society, vice, and 
death? "Awake thou that sleepest." — Ex. 


A man is known by the company he keeps, 
whether men or books. A minister went into a 
lawyer's office and picked up a Bible lying upon 
his desk. He was surprised and delighted to find 
that, when he opened it, it practically fell to 
pieces. The Book had been read so many times 
that all the pages were loose, frayed at the edges, 
and thumbed by much handling. What a com- 
mentary on the life and habits of the owner! 
No wonder the man was respected and beloved, 
bringing forth fruit in his old age, octogenarian 
though he was. He daily lived in company with 
the heroes, prophets, and apostles of the Word, 
to say nothing of the living Lord Himself. A 
well-worn Bible is a good indication of a charac- 
ter that will wear well. — Selected. 





Phil Lersch, Youth Director 

(Rev. Alvin Grumbling, pastor of our Bryan, Ohio 
Brethren Church, is also the Boys' Brotherhood rep- 
resentative on our National Youth Board. Since he was 
driving to California about Conference time for some 
special preaching services, it worked out beautifully for 
Brother Grumbling to represent the Youth Board at the 
California District Conference. 

I appreciate his doing this work for us and thank 
him for the following report of his contacts out West. 

vi^ith my family to California for the District Con- 
ference there. It was my duty while there to represent 
the Brethren Youth Board and our Youth Director, Phil 
Lersch, who was unable to make the trip at this time. I 
was entrusted to bring the report to the Conference on 
the activities of National Brethren Youth. 

It was also my privilege to share in some services 
with the California young people. The California District 
has done a good job of sending ministers and workers 
into the Brethren Church tlirough Ashland College. And 
during the Conference at least one more person made 
his decision to go to Ashland College. The young people 
of the district are quite active in church work and they 
enjoy their work in the Lord. 

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Conference was 
a singspiration. The young people hold these regularly. 
Four or five song leaders are used, as well as any special 
numbers that they can engineer. And the singing goes 
on until hoarseness sets in — at least it did for me. They 
love to sing. Besides this, they have decided to raise 
money by themselves to send at least one young person 
to General Conference in Ashland next August. The 
young people of California want to do things for the 
church and their Lord. — by Rev. Alvin Grumbling. 


ALLOWING OUR ATTENTION to take an "about- 
face," we turn from California to focus our gaze on 
Berlin, Pennsylvania. This change brings a difference in 
the landscape and a definite change in the temperature 
—at least on the night of March 2, 1957. 

ABOUT 80 Pennsylvanians gathered in Berlin on that 
stormy night for a District Youth Rally — which proved 
to be an enjoyable experience for all the brave souls who 
attended. It wasn't so bad coming, but the blizzard after- 
wards made the driving home miserable. In fact, the 13 
rally-attenders from Brush Valley (104 miles from Ber- 
lin) decided to save their necks and nerves by staying 
overnight in Berlin. They were graciously cared for by 
several Brethren families there. 

Here's a quick run-down on the progn^am that was pij 
sented. I give these to you from time to time becaul 
often I get letters asking what would constitute a goj 
rally program. Rallies like this one should give you sori 
good ideas. | 

Rally began at 7:00 P. M. with registration and a she; 

game won by Reverends Rambsel, Stogsdill and Lersch. j 
Song service led by Bill Dively. 
Devotions via flannelgraph by Kitty Sarver. | 

Three selections by the Berlin Men's Chorus. i 

Prayer by Rev. Clarence Stogsdill. i 

Speaker: Rev. Dale Boyer brought a very good mtj 

sage entitled "Living Inside Out." I hope you Keystone 

haven't forgotten what he said. | 

Business Session conducted by yours truly. A little l| 

of everything took place here. I 

Showing of a film about Schwarzenau, Germany! 

birthplace of the Brethren Church. | 

Then some refreshments before traveling home. | 

Your Youth Director also appreciated the stay ov(r 
night and the opportunity to speak on Sunday momi 
in the Berlin Brethren Church. The hospitality of t 
Mills' household was super and the fellowship of t 
Berlin Brethren most cordial. Thanks to you all. 




March 22-24 


Come and stay from Friday evening through Sundj 
morning. A Youth Rally, Workshops, singspirations, slil 
pictures of 1956 camp and an all-around good time a| 
all on the program. | 

I'll try to beat you all there for that opening sessif 
on Friday evening. Dean Delbert B. Flora will be presej 
for the concluding camp meeting on Sunday momir 
If you stay home, you're going to miss a good time i 
Christian fellowship. | 




that there will be a Miami Valley Youth Rally at Djj 

ton on March 24th. You folks in the valley proball 

know more about this than I do at this writing, so ta 

advantage of this chance to get-together. | 


"Until lately we could only hear static. TV has : 
it possible for us to see it." 


"People have prejudices against a nation in which tlf 
have no acquaintance." — Philip Hamerton. 

"If men could only know each other, they would nelj 
either idolize or hate." — Elbert Hubbard. 

A.RCH 16, 1957 


T'he "SX/ omens f^orner 


(Continued from Page 2l 




• by Helen Jordan 

God's Open Book on the Wonders of Nature 

'TALWART AND COURAGEOUS against the land- 
) scape stands the mountain top, unmoved it seems, 
t changing with the passing years. Man, in his puny 
ly, swings the ax at the trees covering the mountain 
ot. Man builds, harnesses, and thus changes and ruins 
e plan of nature. The floods come and destroy man's 
eble endeavors. 

Man has the earth to use to produce a living, but he is 
erzealous to gain all for himself and forgets to take 
re of the virgin soil. He plows where the wild grasses 
rmerly grew or cuts away the timber. The soil washes 
ray. Finally man is plagued with drought and depleted 
il. What must he do? Is the artificial rain making 
)ud, sending moisture, an answer to his problem? 
hat can he do if his soil has gone down into the ocean? 
Well this must be the solution. Man must begin to 
ad more — God's open book of nature, as well as the 
oly Bible. Read both with understanding to really get 
bwledge and wisdom. Man is only a steward here; 
^erything — land and possessions as well — belong to God. 
I the Bible God says, "the cattle on the hills are mine." 
ven our time belongs to God. We cheat ourselves when 
e waste time. If we squander our time we will go bank- 
ipt, both materially and spiritually. 
Read in the Bible how things took place in the days 
: old. Nature, especially human nature, is still the same. 
e good stewards with all our possessions. Give God his 
ghtful share. He is not a greedy landowner, taking 

If we use our time to the best advantage, (let's say 
)udget it") we will have moments left to enjoy living, 
njoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the flowers, both 
ild and in the garden; the mountain scenery, the leaf- 
ig trees in the springtime. Then there is the cool, re- 
•eshing spring in the summer time from which to get 
drink. Always the blend of beautiful colors in the 
atumn is enhancing to any lover of beauty. Last comes 
le quiet fall of beautiful snow, spreading a blanket of 
hite over sleeping nature and giving time for deeper 
lought and repose. 

Mrs. Ora Powe!!, 

Udell, Iowa. 

HEPNER. Mrs Rosa Hepner, bom Jan. 10, 1874, was 
lid to rest on Feb. 27th. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. 
ecil Sigrist of Glenview, 111. Mrs. Hepner was a very 
lyal and faithful member and attendant of the church 
hen her health permitted. 

H. P. Berkshire, Lanark, El. 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. The Junior Sisterhood held their 
public service the evening of February 24th, presenting 
Mrs. Edwin Boardman of Ashland, as their speaker. Pas- 
tor John Terrell says it was "A fine and inspirational 

DAYTON, OHIO. (HILLCREST). Brother Percy C. 
Miller reports the baptism of five the evening of Feb- 
ruary 24th. These were received into the church the fol-, 
lowing Sunday. 

Hillcrest Brethren was host to the World Day of 
Prayer service, March 8th. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. Scheduled public services in the 
Warsaw church are: The W. M. S. Group I on March 
24th, and the Laymen on March 31st. The W. M. S. 
Group II held their public service on March 10th, with 
Beverly Summy speaking on the Kentucky Mission work. 

The Warsaw church was host to the World Day of 
Prayer service on March 8th. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Recent guest speakers in 
the South Bend church were: Rev. Vernon H. Yousey, 
Pastor, Elkhart United Missionary church, on March 
3rd; and Dr. Woodrow I. Goodman, President, Bethel 
College, on March 10th. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Elldiart Brethren local groups 
will conduct their public services during the next few 
weeks, the W. M. S. Group I on March 24th, Laymen 
on March 31st, and W. M. S. Group II on April 7th. 

Smith F. Rose has received a call to serve the Brighton 
Chapel Brethren for another year. 

OAKVILLE, INDIANA. Mrs. H. D. Hunter was guest 
speaker at the Oakville W. M. S. public service the morn- 
ing of March 10. Brother "Bud" Hunter told the Oak- 
ville Brethren about the work at Shipshewana at the 
evening service. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Brother Spencer Gentle was the 
speaker at the World Day of Prayer Service, March 
8th, held in the First Presbyterian church of Goshen. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Dr. Carl Kreider, Dean of 
Goshen College, was the speaker at the W. M. S. pub- 
lic service on March 10th. Dr. Kreider told of his Chris- 
tian work carried out in Japan. 

MUNCIE, INDIANA. One new member was baptised 
and received into the church on February 13th. 

ROANN, INDIANA. We note that the Roann church 
has set the date of May 5th as the time for the Dedi- 
cation of their new biulding addition. 

Grissb brought the message at the evening service on 
March 3rd. 

Miss Margaret Lowery, of our mission at Krypton, 
Kentucky, is the scheduled speaker at North Manches- 
ter at morning and evening services on March 31st. The 
sei'vices are sponsored by the Sisterhood. 

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N* Manchester, Ind. 





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March 23, 1957 

No. 12 

Proclaiming the WHOLE GOSPEL, for the WHOLE WORLD 



Items of general Interest 

WASHINGTON, D. C. Brother J. R. Shultz writes: "The 
Washington Brethren Church has signed the contract to 
build the church!! Construction will begin early Spring, 
and will be completed in the Fall." 

Brother Shultz comments further: "It is an extremely 
large undertaking for this small congregation. About 42 
families in all will raise $20,000 in cash in an eight month 
period, plus all other current expenses and a large loan. 
Their courage and faithfulness is amazing." 

MAURERTOWN, VIRGINIA. Brother E. L. Miller has 
wiitten us and says that he feels no ill effects of the 
heart attack of last September 23rd. Brother Miller says, 
"The Doctors say I have made a wonderful recovery. 
Thanks to the dear Lord, praying friends and the fine 
doctors and nurses for it all. I just did what I was told 
to do and trusted in the Lord for recovery. So, I am on 
the go much as before, with very few restrictions." 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. On March 5th, Brother Free- 
man Ankrum served as Chaplain of the Day at the Mary- 
land State House of Delegates, Annapolis, Maryland. 
Brother Ankrum notes that he had a splendid time, w^hich 
included a visit with the Governor, the Honorable Theo- 
dore McKeldin, and with other memberg of the House and 

(Continued on Page 19) 



By the Editor 


We are asking the patience of the Brethren who have 
sent in 100% church lists and new and renewal subscrip- 
tions in the last few weeks, as we have been short two 
employees for the past week or so. Your lists will be pro- 
cessed just as soon as it is humanly possible. All sub- 
scribers may experience a slight delay in receiving the 
Evangelist for an issue or two, but with the return to 
full man-power and the employment of additional help 
to care for the increased amount of work, a state of nor- 
malcy should soon be reached. 

Next week, in the Evangelist, we plan to print the 
names of additional churches which have joined the 100% 
list since publishing the list a few weeks ago. 


ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. Evangelistic Meetini!- 
March 25-April 7 — Dr. John F. Locke, Evangelist; R 
Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. j 

NEWARK, OHIO. Revival-Evangelistic Campaigrj- 
March 24-31— Rev. L. V. King, Evangelist; Rev. Williij, 
S. Crick, Pastor. I 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Evangelistic Services— March : 
April 7 — Rev. R. K. Higgins, Evangelist; Rev. Albert j. 
Ronk, Pastor. j 

Revival Services — April 1-12 — Rev. Woodrow Bra!, 
Evangelist; Rev. David L. Rambsel, Pastor. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Revival Meeting— April 1-1 
— Rev. William H. Anderson, Evangelist; Rev. John I 
Byler, Pastor. \ 

BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services — Beginning Mar| 
25th — Rev. Henry Bates, Evangelist; Rev. Alvin j 
Grumbling, Pastor. | 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Evangelistic Services 
March 24-31— Dean ©elbert B. Flora, Evangelist; Rti 
H. H, Rowsey, Pastor. j 

ROANN, INDIANA. Revival Services— April 1-7— R(i 
Austin Gable, Evangelist; Rev. Thomas Shannon, Past< 

MILFORD, INDIANA. Evangelistic Services— Mar j 
24-31— Dr. J. R. Shultz, Evangelist; Rev. Woodrow Immi 

Pastor. I 

HIGHLAND BRETHREN. Marianna, Penna. Reviv| 
Meeting— March 31st-April 15th— Rev, William D. Ke(j 
ing, Evangelist; Rev. J. E. Faust, Pastor, 


When??? April 13, 19f 

Place??? Oak Hill Brethren Churc 

Oak Hill, West Virginia 

Election of officers for the District 

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The Editor's Pulpit 

Of Interest To Gkristians 

rlE MAGAZINE, "The Evangel," carries in 
a recent issue a digest of an interesting re- 
Drt on the status of Atheism in the United 
tates. At first glance the announcement that 
Atheism as an organized movement" is disap- 
saring in the United States, seems to be an en- 
)uragement to Christians, It is made especially 
), in view of the reports of increased church 
lembership and attendance in the U. S. 

However, George W. Cornell, Associated Press 
jligious writer, as quoted in "The Evangel" has 
sserted that "the old fire with which atheists 
ice tangled with the churches, has faded." 

Quoted is Joseph Lewis, president of the Free- 
linkers of America, who told Mr, Cornell "that 
'ganized interest in atheism has lagged because 
he opposition isn't as strong as it used to be. 


Your CHURCH Vows' 

There's been a considerable liberalizing of relig- 
ion. The lines of conflict aren't as clearly drawn. 
But from the standpoint of intellectual growth, 
atheism is increasing,' " 

Quoted also is Charles Smith, president of the 
American Association for the Advancement of 
Atheism, who reported as a cause of the disap- 
pearance of a militant atheism the lack of opposi- 
tion, Mr. Smith stated, "We don't have the old 
repressive religion that stimulates atheism. The 
churches don't preach hell-fire and Jonah-in-the 
whale any more. It used to be bad for you if you 
didn't believe this stuff." Smith commented fur- 
ther on present-day churches and religion, "Or- 
ganized atheism suffers both when religion is too 
widespread and influential, and when religion 
takes more rational positions." He said he felt 
the growth of church life today is mostly as so- 
cial centers. "They go for this 'cheer 'em up 
stuff now," he said. "That's not the old time re- 
ligion. Maybe this new sort is not so bad. They 
don't let it interfere with their lives. They spent 
more time in the old days pleasing God. Now they 
try to please their fellowman." 

We are indebted to "The Evangel" magazine as 
our source of the above factual material which 
they credit to Union Gospel Press Publications. 
Whether or not you want to accept the charges 
made by men such as Lewis and Smith, as quoted, 
as being fair, the fact remains that it often takes 
our enemies to tell us the bold truth about our- 

On top of the bare-faced charges as quoted 
comes the report from J, Edgar Hoover, director 
of the F. B. L, that more major crimes were com- 
mitted in the U, S. in 1956 than in any previous 
year. The increase was over 11 percent above 
1955, representing a total of 2,534,000 major 

We are reminded that the state of Ohio ex- 
perienced an all time high in prison population 
in 1957. We quote Maury C. Koblentz, a long time 

(Continued on Page 5) 




by Rev. Woodrow B. Brant 


WHILE LISTENING to Dr. Hyman Appleman, one 
of America's great Evangelists and a Converted 
Jew, it vi^as interesting to hear him speak of his child- 
hood in Russia. He told of the many times that he had 
watched his Father, when coming home from market, 
stop at the gate and call loudly for Mrs. Appleman who 
would hurry and bring a pitcher of water and pour over 
the hands of Mr. Appleman before he entered. One 
day Hyman asked his Father, "Why do you do this?" 
and his Father replied sharply, "Why? WHY? Why do 
you ask why?" Dr. Appleman went on to explain that 
his Father had done this and his Father's Father and 
on back many, many years, but no one asked why, they 
just did it. 

Can you answer your Child's question — "Why are we 
Brethren?" They may tell you that Harry is Methodist, 
Carol is Presbyterian, and Mike is Roman Catholic, and 
we are Brethren, Why? 

Why are we Brethren? What does that mean? I'm not 
so sure that any member of the Brethren Church could 
answer this question to the complete satisfaction of all 
questioners. But it's a very good question and needs to 
be answered. I'm not so sure that this writer is the one 
to be answering it. As the late Willis E. Ronk said to 
General Conference, when speaking of the Brethren 
Church, her beliefs and practices, "And I'm not so sure 
that it can all be put into a Nut-shell." We all need to 
think a bit more clearly on a few of the subjects of the 
present day on which there is quite a difference of opin- 
GETHER. Perhaps we can help each other. At least, 
arrived at only through LOVE AND REGARD FOR 

Furthermore, because of the reproach that has come 
upon the Christian Church in this evil day when divi- 
sions in Christendom shame us and weaken the cause of 
Christ, it is imperative that we should differ less as 
Christians. And some feel that we will differ less when 
once we know the Truth on mooted questions which 
divide many groups. TRUTH will unite us and give 
poweii to the Church of Jesus Christ. 

Ab we express our views and convictions, we will try 
to do so in the light of the WORD OF GOD. Again, may 

OF LIFE, for the home, the Church, and the goveij 
ment." While others try to discover why they follow c(i 
tain creeds, we but need look to the one and only auth(j 
ity, God's Word! It has the answer to every questic' 
Why should we waste our time looking elsewheri 

Why ai-e we Brethren? Perhaps a good starting pis, 
would be the word itself — "Brethren." Our Dictiona! 
says, "Brethren, pluraj of Brother." Matthew 2£{ 
"... AND ALL YE ARE BRETHREN." First, We s\ 
Brethren In Christ Jesus. All men, whatever their cre»i 
are Brothers — "And hath made of one blood all natio! 
of men ..." Acts 17:26. In Christ Jesus we are mc^ 
than brothers as the world thinks of the Fatherhood [ 
God and the Brotherhood of Man by common relatic; 
ship to the First Adam. And that's exactly where t 
relationship stops; — "And so it is written. The first ml 
Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was ma! 
a quickening spirit" (I Cor. 15:45), And — "Therefore j' 
any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (CREr 
TION)" (II Cor. 5:17). John writes, "Beloved, NOt 
ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD" (I John 3:2). ' 

The Hebrew writer says, "Thou art my Son, this d 
have I begotten Thee." And again, "I will be to hi 
a Father, and he shall be to me a Son." (Heb. 1:5). I 
cause One is your Lord and Master ye are all brethn! 
And because ye are brethren in Christ Jesus, YOU All 
SONS OF GOD. Redeemed by the Precious Blood 
Christ, not with Silver or Gold, but with His Own P: 
cious Blood. That makes the difference! 

Under the first Adam all men fell and are thus S( 
arated by a great, impassable gulf, alienated from G' 
Sinful, lost, bound hand and foot by sin, headed straijj 
for Hell. But THANK GOD, by the second Adam, Chrl 
Jesus, all have been made nigh again, alive and He 
ofi Salvation, Joint-Heirs of the Son of God, of all If 
Joys of Heaven and Eternal Bliss. | 

Why Are We Brethren? BECAUSE WE ARE Tlj 
SONS OF GOD! Not because we have subscribed to c 
tain Beliefs or Practices, but because we are the S(| 
of God. Now, since we are the Sons of God, we seek r 
follow His Commands. There are those who would s< 
the mind of Martin Luther or even Alexander Mack. ^ j 
need not seek such a mind, we must seek the mind i 
Christ, and insofar as Luther or Mack or any other Tt.\ 
has sought and accepted the Mind of Christ, we hff 
been helped by them. If they have helped us on <| 


[ARCH 23, 1957 


Ihristian way, if they have helped us to ascertain the 
lind of Christ, it has been through the work of the Holy 
Ipirit as God planned eons ago. 

We are not Brethren because we obsei^e certain so- 
alled Peculiar Practices or Beliefs, but because we Seek 
'o Do The Master's Will as Sons of God. 

J. Frank Lansing of Fort Wayne, Indiana, writes in 
[le! "Secret Place" — "When I stand before a great paint- 
ig, I marvel at the ability of the artist to dream a 
ream like that and then to put it on canvas. But I do 
ot think of painting a picture. 

"When I listen to a great symphony, I stand in awe 
t the beautiful music a man can write and that others 
an play. But I do not attempt to duplicate it, 

"When I read of a delicate operation by a noted sur- 
eon, I am amazed at the skill a man can develope. But 

am not led to copy the surgeon. 

"But when E stand in the presence of Jesus Christ and 
[link how much this wonderful Christ has done for me, 
omething within me says, 'That is what you ought to 
e — and by the grace of God through his power you 
an be.' Then I kneel in humility and faith and say, 
'. will follow you.' " So, as Sons of God we are FOL- 
,OWERS OF CHRIST. There is Salvation in no one 
Ise, for there is no other name under heaven given 
mong men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12. 

If any one serves me he MUST FOLLOW ME. John 

Might I be so" bold as to suggest that many of the 
Brethren have been ashamed of the Commands of Christ, 
and His so-called peculiar commands. 

"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of 
our Lord," II Tim. 1:8. "For the scripture saith, whoso- 
ever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Rom. 10:11. 
The Roman writer was exhorting believers to make their 
profession and confession known before men. And in 
II Tim. 1:12 he continues, "Nevertheless I am not 
ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am 
persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have 
committed unto him against that day." Maybe you are 
not fully persuaded that He is able; or maybe it's sim- 
ply because you have never really committed yourself unto 
Him. May I remind you that unless you do commit your- 
self unto Him, He can not keep you against that day. 
You cannot write a check on any bank until you have 
first made a deposit. And the bank cannot be responsible 
for that which you with-held. How about you? Are you 
willing to be a follower of Christ? Are you willing to 
obey His commands? They are not grievous. HAPPY 

"Trusting Him while life shall last, 
Ti-usting Him till earth is past, 
'Til within the Jasper wall, 
Trusting Jesus that is all." 

Mineral Point, Pa. Rt. 1. 



(Continued from Page 3) 

f^orker in correctional work in Ohio as he voiced 
joncern in an article in "Motive," a magazine 
jut out by the Ohio Department of Mental Hy- 
iiene and Correction. Mr. Koblentz says regard- 
!ig the alarming increase in the national crime 
ate, "the states must find some ultimate cure 
ither than new prisons." He says further that he 
jelieves a "crime prevention agency either public 
r private will have to be set up some time in 
fie future . . . Currently there is no agency of 
his kind in the U. S. but experts in the field say 
lat it is needed." 

! Extensively in this Editorial we have quoted 
rst, the charges that the church is not preach- 
iig the "old fire" as it used to do; second, that 
|ie crime rate is higher than ever, and third, 
jorrectional experts assert that a "crime pre- 
ention" agency is needed. 

; We think we have the answer. First, let the 
hiurches throughout the land return to a preach- 

ing of a "straight from the word" Gospel — that 
which brought conviction of sin, and a fear of 
God to the souls of men. Second, let American 
homes become once again centers of instruction 
in the ways of the Lord, training up children to 
have love and respect for God and for one an- 
other. Third, let the Church of Jesus Christ be- 
come once again the militant force for righteous- 
ness and against evil of every sort. Tlie church, 
as such, can then become again the "agency" for 
crime prevention which the experts say is so 
badly needed today. To us, a sound, positive 
gospel preaching message by the church is the 
only real society-destroying preventative in our 
nation today, or any day. — W. S. B. 




530 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Phone 39 58 2 

Contributini Editors; W. CLAYTON BERKSHIRE, Gen. Sec 
(MRS.) IDA UNDOWER, Adm. AsiUta 


THIS MIGHT HAVE BEEN Margaret Lowei-y's theme 
song when she returned from attending the Farm and 
Home convention at Lexington several weeks ago, to 
find the horrible conditions left by the flood. Besides 
digging and scraping mud from her own quarters, she 
began immediately being "all things to all people." She 
set about without delay administering immunization shots 
and other medication to those in the area. 

During February alone, Margaret visited, checked fevers 
and gave advice on the care of 72 cases of measles; she 
gave 273 typhoid immunization shots, 30 penecillin shots, 
and 12 other hypos; in addition she made numerous sick 
calls. So thorough was she in her efforts to prevent epi- 
demics that she promptly "shot" her visiting helpers 
from Ashland who spent a week end with her, lest they 
contract some illness while there. Children in the sur- 
rounding territory — not realizing the danger — sometimes 
hid when she called, knowing that an encounter with 
"the needle" was inevitable if she saw them first; never- 
theless, she succeeded in immunizing those in the danger 

In addition to all these ministrations to physical needs, 
Margaret was able to give spiritual help to many during 
this time of crisis. She also visited some 25 homes into 
which she had previously not been able to go. Many peo- 
ple in the stricken area expressed the conviction that she 
had relieved their suffering tremendously. No one can 
estimate how much tragedy she may have averted in her 
medical care for these people; neither can anyone know 
the spiritual strength she communicated to them. But 
we know that we are extremely grateful for her unselfish 
and untiring work. 

Our church salutes her for her incomparable service. 

By the Way— PASTORS 

HAS YOUR CHURCH set itself a goal for giving to 
World Missions this year? Wouldn't it be fine if 
you would set yourselves such a goal and then reach it, 
or nearly so? This goal should be large enough to chal- 
lenge your people — and you; it should be larger than last 
year's goal; and it should be made with present high 
standards of living among members and high costs of 
operating missionary programs in mind. 

Pastors, have you been preaching World Missions to 
your peojile lately? Now is the time to emphasize this 
great work. God's love in our hearts for those in need 
should prompt us to give attention to this area of our 
Christian stewardship, besides the fact that all records 
and statistics prove that churches with the greatest 
missionary program and vision are the strongest and 
most productive. In our church's economy, what we give 
for World Missions — in lives, prayers, study, and money 
— is one of our best spiritual investments. 


Clara Harper j 

THE DAYS PRECEDING a visit to the village schoo ! 
are busy ones for a missionary. Many preparatioi 
must be made for a trip through the villages. Bed, bee' 
ding, and clothes must be packed. Cooking utensils and j 
food supply of canned or fresh fruits and vegetable 
must be made ready. | 

When the first village is reached the missionary visitd 
is shown to the small round house where she will \h\ 
during her stay there. The top of a forty-four gallcl 
kerosene drum placed over three stones serves as ! 
stove for cooking meals. Cornstalks and wood have bee I 
stacked for fuel. | 

The coming of the missionary to the village is a sptf 
cial occasion and the villagers are eager to take advai! 
tage of every possible opportunity for learning ne,| 
things. Since one of the main purposes for these visij 
is to give supervision to the school, the morning of eacs 
day is spent visiting the classes which begin at 6:3' I 
Suggestions and help are given to the teachers as neede] 
or requested. j 

From one o'clock until three the women of the villagj 
meet with the missionary. They receive instruction ih 
sewing, health and sanitation, and child care. 1 

While the villagers are preparing and eating their eve! 
ning meal the missionary returns to the house provide I 
for her and cooks her own food. Perhaps there is a litti 
time, too, to prepare for the evening Bible service whici 
is scheduled. Of course, the major preparation has beej 
done back at the mission station, but it is good to have | 
few moments for review and planning. j 

Even during the afternoon hours when nothing I 
scheduled for the missionary, there is little free timi| 
Soon after she reaches her house, individuals begin con 
ing to seek counsel or help. Perhaps the teacher wisht, 
suggestions for improving his work. A young man wl> 
has planted an orchard or a new type of crop desin] 
the missionary to come and see his farm. Sick people aii 
brought for treatment. An individual disturbed by soirj 
Bible teaching which is not clear comes seeking enligh | 
enment. Others need help in the solution of personal proll 
lems. There is never sufficient time to give all the ind 
vidual help needed. i 

When evening comes a large group has assembled f(, 
the service. It is a thrilling experience to speak to th;; 
audience which is so eager to hear the Christian mef' 

After a few days in one village the missionary pr<! 
pares to move on. Sometimes there is an invitation l! 
come and help in a neighboring village where there hfj 
been little contact with Christianity. Such opportunitie ! 
are always welcomed. If no such invitation has come si: 
proceeds on to the next village where a school is locate! 
and there repeats her work of strengthening and encoui: 
aging the Christian group and ministering to the neec 
of all who come. — (From The Gospel Messenger) 

lARCH 23, 1957 


Tft^i/t^^i^iet ^ou/^encf, 


• — .^ * 


March 8, 1957 

Dear Friends: 

Now that most of the mud and debris has been 
lisposed of and one can definitely see some prog- 
'ess in the clean up and restoration program fol- 
owing the recent flood; a vote of thanks goes to 
ill my unselfish friends who were so good to help 
j)ut financially, prayerfully, or otherwise during 
this time of crisis and need. Words are most in- 
fidequate to express my gratefulness for the nu- 
inerous responses of help that have come to re- 
place or restore personal or property losses. Be- 
l:ause of your generosity and thoughtfulness you 
jiave given me the courage to face the task of re- 
aabilitation in the works of Christian D. Larson 
j— "To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, 
[oo strong for fear, and too happy to permit the 
JDresence of trouble." 

To those of you who have sent financial help, 
prough arrangements with Reverend Berkshire 
;)f the Mission Board, I am sending all funds 
Ihere to be recorded and credited to you. A spe- 
cial flood relief fund will be established by me 
A^ith a local bank to be used as I need in restor- 
ng the losses. 
Personally, I prefer this arrangement, because 
want you to feel your money is being properly 
Jsed as intended; you will receive credit for mis- 
sion giving and the Mission Board will have a 

record of the amount received and spent in the 
restoration program. Even gifts that were marked 
for personal things are being handled this way, 
because my gi-eatest personal losses were things 
related to various phases of my work. Reverend 
Berkshire has assured me that needed supplies 
may be obtained to reestablish former activities 
and to prepare for the enlarged summer program. 

The wheels of progress grind slowly in the res- 
toration campaign. Certain engineering feats 
must be accomplished before the carpenters, 
painters, etc., can complete necessary tasks. Pa- 
tience, time and many hours of hard labor will 
restore a lovely mission property and work. The 
indomitable will to see the work grow, will even- 
tually triumph over all difficulties. 

Thanks, good friends! May God richly bless 
you for your good will and help. You have helped 
to make my blessings countless recently. 

Your most grateful friend, 

Margaret E. Lowery 







A former Japanese "suicide" pilot, now a Protestant 
minister, said it was the impact of Chi-istian literature — 
and a girl — that converted him to Christianity. The Rev. 
3akae Kobayashi, a minister of the United Church of 
Christ in Japan, told his story to the annual meeting of 
the Committee on World Literacy and Christian Litera- 
ture, in New York City. 

He said he was a suicide pilot at the age of 21. One 
day in 1945 he was sitting in the cockpit of his plane in 
Tokyo waiting to take off on a mission from which he 
would not return. While the propellers were warming 
up a ground crewTiian ran to tell him that Japan had 
surrendered. "I went home despondent and bitter," he 
said. "My house had been burned, my mother and grand- 
mother killed. There was no food, no work." Mr.Kobay- 
aski said the only work he could get was in an oil re- 
finery. There he met a girl who showed him the New- 
Testament she was reading. She persuaded him to go to 
church with her. Out of curiosity he did. The sermon he 
heard that day dealt with the theme of loving one's ene- 
mies and it was a bit hard for him to take. "Nevertheless," 
he said, "I went again and discovered the newness of 
life that Christianity brings." The following year he 
entered a theological seminary. He became a Christian 
minister and married the girl who had led him to the re- 
ligion of his foi-mer enemies. 


The "Honor the Bible Association," which wants to 
erect a $60,000 monument to the Bible in Denver's Civic 
Center, has run into opposition. The Mayor has opposed 
the plan. So has the Denver Art Commission, which he 
appointed. The -^rt Commission turned down the idea on 
the grounds that erection of a religious monument in 
the Civic Center would violate the separation of Church 
and State. The architect of the proposed Bible monument 
immediately challenged the right of the Art Commission 
to make legal decisions, and also pointed out that the 
Denver Art Museum's permanent collection is filled with 
paintings of a religious nature. 




The "Honor the Bible Association" members said the' 
would carry the fight to the couz-ts. The proposed moni| 
ment would involve a Gothic arch with a representatio i 
of Christ on one side and Abraham on the other. A qu(; 
tation from the Old Testament prophet Micah would ti 
inscribed on the base, as follows: "He hath shewed thei| 
O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord requiij 
of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to wal' 
humbly with thy God?" 


The Wisconsin state board of health has issue 
a ruling that churches and other private organization; 
which serve meals to the public must have restaurar 
licenses. Churches which serve food only to their ow! 
members are not affected by the ruling, but any tha' 
offer meals to the general public will have to complj 
with the same licensing and sanitation standards as puli 
lie restaurants and will have to pay a license fee of tej 
dollars per year. ; 

The I'uling was issued after hearings on a petition froi 
the Wisconsin Restaurant Association which claimed ths 
churches and private clubs were giving the restaurant 
unfair competition. A bill has been introduced in thj 
state legislature to exempt churches from the licens 


Leaders of the Evangelical Church in Germany sai 
that prospects for holding the annual Church Day Corl 
gress in Erfurt, in the Soviet Zone, this year have be! 
come very dim. Soviet authorities have withheld permis 
sion for the rally thus far, and unless permission i 
given very soon it will not be possible to organize th| 
event. The Protestant rally, held annually since 194i| 
was held in the Soviet Zone in 1954, and more that 
400,000 believers from all over Germany gathered l] 
Leipzig for the occasion. 

^ARCH 23, 1957 



STOCKHOLM— More than half a million dollars has 
>een raised in aid for Hungary, by the Lutheran Churches 
if Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It's probably the largest 
imount ever received in special church collections for a 
ingle cause. 

LONDON — Baptist church membership in Great Britain 
md Ireland increased for the third successive year, and 
itood at 327,806 at the end of 1956. 

MANILA — Final reports reaching America following 
he close of the three-week gospel crusade show that 
1,411 people accepted Christ out of an estimated atten- 
lance of 140,000. Fifty-five Protestant churches of var- 
ous denominations united for the crusade which was 
ailed the most ambitious effort of its kind ever launched 
n the Philippines. Dr. Bob Pierce of Portland, Oregon, 
vas the principal speaker. 

CHICAGO— The founder of "Voice of the Andes" radio 
itation HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, was honored as Moody 
Bible Institute's alumnus of the year. Dr. Clarence W. 
rones, a 1921 graduate of Moody, received the missionary 
ichool's Thomas S. Smith trophy before more than 2,500 
n the Moody Memorial church. Dr. Jones started the 
fospel radio station in Ecuador 25 years ago, when short 
vave was new in radio. From one small transmitter 
ICJB has grown to be the largest Protestant broadcast- 
ng station in the world. There are now eight transmit- 
ers broadcasting a combined total of 31 hours every 
lay except Monday, in nine languages, reaching out to 
ivery countiy in the world. 

WASHINGTON, D. C— Church construction in Janu- 
iry set another record. The government reported that 
;68,000,000 worth of new church buildings were started, 
p^hich was 17 per cent higher than last January. 

, MINNEAPOLIS — A movement is under way to estab- 
ish the first Lutheran high school in the Minneapolis 

I WASHINGTON, D. C— Senator Robert Kerr, (D.— 
)kla.), told the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist 
press Association that Southern Baptists ought to set 
|ip their own parochial schools. He said such schools are 
lecessary to give elementary and high school education a 

greater Christian emphasis. 


; ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND— The Maryland legislature 
jias urged Congress to adopt Good Friday as a national 
;Bgal holiday. The action was taken in a resolution unani- 
mously approved by the legislature and forwarded to Con- 
gress for fui-ther action. 

CLEVELAND, OHIO— The Presbyterian Church in the 
'j. S. A. will seek to double the contributions for its 
|ienevolence program in the next five years. This year's 
Ifoal is 25 million dollars. By 1962 they hope to make 

he goal twice as large, 50 million dollars. They consider 
!he present benevolence program "inadequate for the jet 


NEW YORK — An 80-minute documentary film on the 
Lfe of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, famed medical missionary. 

philosopher and musician, had its world premiere in New 
York. All proceeds from the showing of the film will 
go to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship which supports 
his hospital work in Lambarene, French Equatorial Af- 
rica. The movie film, which is color, took five years to 

WASHINGTON— A bill has been introduced in the 
House of Representatives which would permit farmers 
who exceed their wheat quotas to donate the surplus to 
religious organizations without having to pay a market- 
ing penalty. 

Church will launch an intensive campaign this spring to 
recruit 1200 new clergymen per year. 

WASHINGTON— Enrollment in the nation's theologi- 
cal seminaries and schools of religious education has 
passed the 30,000 mark, showing an increase of 2.3 per 
cent over last year, but there is a decline of 5.5 per cent 
in the number of first-year students enrolling for minis- 
terial training. General enrollment in all colleges and 
universities is up ten percent over last year. 

WASHINGTON— J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, 
reports that more major crimes were committed in the 
U, S. in 1956 than in any previous year. During the past 
12 months there were 2,534,000 major crimes, an increase 
of over 11 per cent over last year's record. Robbery was 
the only categoi-y of major crimes in which there was a 
slight decline. 

JAKARTA, INDONESIA— American rock'n'roll dances 
have been banned in several Indonesian cities because of 
opposition by cultural and religious groups which con- 
sider them "degrading and immoral." 

PARIS — Pastor Marc Boegner conducted a worship 
service which was televised — the first full Protestant ser- 
vice ever to be televised in France. Letters from the 
viewing public were reported to be unanimously favor- 

HAMILTON, ONTARIO— Narcotics Anonymous, an ex- 
periment in helping drug addicts, ceased to operate last 
month after a year's trial and a local magistrate said the 
reason the experiment failed was that religion had no 
part in it. He said that addicts, once arrested, see no one 
but the police and the jailer. They need forgiveness, the 
doctrine of Jesus Christ, and the help of a minister, he 
said. "Most of their families want nothing to do with 
the addicts." 

AUGUSTA, MAINE>— A bill to outlaw alcoholic bever- 
age advertising on Maine television sci'eens has been in- 
troduced in the state legislature. Representative William 
Bruce said, in introducing the measure, that the influence 
of such ads has reached the point where "children think 
that to be a sports fan you must drink beer." 



H£A V£N 

and how to get there 

Rev. 21:1. AND I saw a new heaven and a new 
earth: for the first heaven and the first earth 
were passed away; and there was no more sea. 

Rev. 21:25, And the gates of it shall not be 
shut at all by day: for there shall be no night 

T^HE WORD HEAVEN is a very precious word. 
■"■ ^riie word JESUS is the sweetest in all lan- 
g'uage. When we say "Jesus" something happens 
in the soul. The word mother is another word 
dear to millions of people. Then the word 
home is sacred and precious to teeming mil- 
lions of earth's population, of all walks of life. 
Sooner or later, all people leave their earthly 
home never to return. When we think of heaven 
we think of our eternal home. 

All we know about heaven is revealed in the 
living, indestructible Word of God. The Bible is 
the very oracles of God, communicated to us 
from the empire of heaven. The Bible is not like 
the rose, that fades, or the flower that dies; it 
is as immortal as God. Its tone is the very voice 
of God, its fragrance the very breath of Jehovah. 
Every word is an undying tree laden down with 
fruit, with the dew of immortal youth sparkling 

Rev. N. W. Jennings 

Brother Jennings has graciously given pel-mission for 
us to pnnt this message from his booklet by the same 

Part One 

on every blossom, on every twig, on all its fruit [ 
The Bible is not like the world that flashes out' 
but like eternity that breaks in. The Bible is th*; 
greatest book in the universe because it reveal:! 
the world's only Redeemer and Saviour. "Thoi| 
shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save hiij 
people from their sins." (Matt. 1:21). The Bibld 
is the greatest book because it is exalted abov«j 
His name. "For thou hast magnified thy wonj 
above all thy name." (Ps, 138:2). Many peopld 
seem to have but little conception of heaven, ancj 
it is because they have such a little knowledge j 
of the Bible, do not believe what they do reacj 
about it. If you do not believe the Bible, th<j 
Word of God, this message will be without mean i 
ing and blessing to your soul. 

A man, some time ago was accompanying £! 
preacher to church. Said he, "What are you goins 
to preach about today?" "About heaven," repliec; 
the preacher. "Well," said the man, "it is all spec| 
ulation." "Well," said the preacher, "wait anc! 
see if it is all speculation." He was convinced bjj 
the sermon that he did not know the Word of Goci 
and apologized for his blunder. "I saw in m}' 
study, it is not speculation and I traced down GlCj 
passages of Scripture bearing on the subject.' 
You see heaven has a conspicuous place in the; 
Word of God. When you read the Bible, bear ir; 
mind the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:35] 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words! 
shall not pass away." \ 

You can read written over everything that! 
mortal eye gazes upon, the word, "passing away,' i 
but the Bible will live when all worlds are nc 
more. ' 

MARCH 23, 1957 


The Bible Is a True Map 

While holding a revival meeting in West Vir- 
ginia, a man invited me to his home for dinner. 
He got down a large map and said, "I am going 
to move my family to Seattle, Washington. I want 
^ou to trace down a good location." I said to him, 
'Accept my congratulations. That is wisdom on 
your part." Think of a man headed for eternity, 
not knowing where he is going to pitch his tent. 
Reader, keep in mind that our maps change, but 
aot so with the Bible. It is a true map of the 
A'ay to heaven and a true waraing against the 
JA^ay to hell. Follow the Bible and you will not 
'niss your way. 

\ Where Is Heaven? 

I This is a question asked by many. According 
to the Word of God it is "above" us. The sun is 
about 95 millions of miles from the earth. Well, 
iieaven is still higher. Paul tells us in Ephesians 
4:10 that when Jesus ascended He "ascended up 
far above all heavens, that He might fill all 
jthings." In John 3:13 Jesus says, "And no man 
[lath ascended up to heaven, but he that came 
ilown from heaven, even the Son of man which is 
n heaven." In Luke 24:51 is the record of 
phrist's ascent into heaven, "And it came to pass 
while he blessed them, he was parted from them, 
l.\nd carried up into heaven." Jesus came blessing 
ind He went away blessing. His last act on earth 
vvas to bless. In the art gallery of the Bible there 
s still another glorious picture of His going. 
A.cts 1:10, 11, "And while they looked steadfastly 
toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men 
istood by them in white apparel; which also said, 
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into 

heaven? this same Jesus which is taken up from 
you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as 
ye have seen him go into heaven." The Lord Jesus, 
in His eschatological discourse of Matthew 24 
and 25 says, "They shall see the Son of man com- 
ing in the clouds of heaven with power and 
great glory." (Matt. 24:30). In John 14:3, He 
promises, "1 will come again, and receive you 
unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be 
also." The writer believes this to be the greatest 
promise in all the Bible. 

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes in I 
Thessalonians 4:16, "For the Lord himself shall 
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice 
of the archangel, and with the trump of God: 
and the dead ii> Christ shall rise first," Oh listen 
to this, "Then we which are alive and remain 
shall be caught up together with them in the 
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall 
we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort 
one another with these words." (I Thess. 4:17- 
18), Paul said he was "caught up to the third 
heaven," (II Cor. 12:2). So we see by the Word 
of God, heaven is above us. In Acts 7:56, it is 
recorded that Stephen saw heaven open. Stephen, 
"being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up sted- 
fastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, 
and Jesus standing on the right hand of God." 
The man filled with the Holy Spirit has the up- 
ward look. 

Heaven Is a Great Place 

Heaven is a place beyond the power of mortal 
man to describe. John by revelation saw heaven, 
the homeland of the soul. By inspiration he hung 
a real picture of heaven on the walls of the Art 



Gallery of the Bible, Revelation, 21 and 22. He 
saw the city measured and tells us, the walls are 
1500 miles in length, 1500 miles in height and 
1500 miles in width. "And the street of the city 
(fifteen hundred miles in length) is pure gold, 
as it were transparent glass." (Rev. 21:21). I 
used to visit Broad Street in Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, for inspiration. That street is over 
twenty miles long, but what is that to the streets 
in Heaven? Fifteen hundred miles of transparent 
gold! In the back alleys from Broad street in 
Philadelphia I found the poor and the paupers. 
Thank God, in Heaven there will be no back 
alleys! No poor and no mansions for rent; they 
will be free for all the children of our King. What 
a city! Its street of pure gold, twelve gates, walls 
jasper, the river of Life, the tree of Life. Our 
Lord Jesus the Light of the city! Millions of lit- 
tle children, all dressed in pure white, will be 
there. Some of your little ones may be there now, 
clothed in immortality. An innumerable company 
of holy angels are there, along with the heroes 
of God, who went there through suffering and 
pain, all now in the inner circle of the land where 
there is no night. Some say they love little chil- 
dren, yet they reject the Lord Jesus Christ and 
His offer of a home in Heaven, and choose the 
place, called in the Bible, hell, where not one little 
child will ever be found. 

Heaven Is Both a Place and a State of Mind 

The writer was once in a revival meeting in 
Uniontown, Pennsylvania. A millionaire invited 
me to dine with him. After dinner we went 

through his beautiful home. There was everj' 
thing that could give comfort to the family, boti; 
in a material and in a spiritual sense ; for in tha 1 1 
family a place had been made for the Lord Jesus' 
Even at the table a chair was placed for Him a, 
the invisible guest. The head of the home was th I 
superintendent of a Bible School and a membe; 
of the church. I said to my friend. Sir, I am re| 
minded of the hymn which states that i 

"On land or sea, no matter where, 
Where Jesus is 'tis heaven there." ' 

In that same series of meetings we were in; 
vited to the home of a poor widow of the neigh 
borhood. We found her living at the foot of ;, 
big hill, in a little two-room cottage, an upstair! 
and a downstairs room. She had been left a widovj 
with two lovely daughters and it seemed to me i 
could see heaven in that home, because theij 
faces were shining with the light of heaven. Go(; 
is no respecter of persons. If you want to live ii} 
heaven here on earth take Jesus into your home' 
Give Him place in all youi- house, from attic t(' 
basement. In that widow's home He was lovec, 
and welcomed. The family altar was kept in full 
blaze. Again I said, "On land or sea, what mat; 
ter where; Where Jesus is 'tis heaven there.' | 
We are seated together in heavenly places ill 
Christ Jesus. Thank God, that is the position o;| 
every born-again saint, of everyone born of thcj 
Spirit and washed in the blood of the Lamb. | 

The Way to Heaven and How To Get There I 

"And an highway shall be there, and a way| 
and it shall be called The way of holiness; th(j 
unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall b< 
for those : the wayfaring men, though fools, shal [ 
not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor anjj 
ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall noi! 
be found there; but the redeemed shall wallj 
there : And the ransomed of the Lord shall return | 
and come to Zion with songs and everlasting jo}^ 
upon their heads: they shall obtain joy anCj 
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away'j 
(Isa. 35:8-10). j 

Jesus the Way (John 14:6). "Jesus saith untc| 
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: nc! 
man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Hci 
is the only tangible link between God and man; 
He says, "I am the Door." The door to Noah's! 
ark was only one and was a type of the onlj 
Door through which we pass into life eternal 
"I give unto them eternal life and they shal! 
never perish" (John 10:28). 

MARCH 23, 1957 


We Must Be Born Again. We must have the 
JDorn "again" experience. (John 3:7). "Marvel 
|aot that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." 
['That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and 
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Such 
iwas the word of the Son of God to Nicodemus, a 
Iruler of the Jews. 

Marks of the New Birth. "Whatsoever is born 
of God overcometh the world." I John 5:4. Love 
is a manifestation of the new Life. I John 3:14, 
We know that we have passed from death unto 
life, because we love the brethren. John 13:35, 
By this shall all men know that ye are my dis- 
ciples, if ye have love one to another. 

A further mark of the new man is found in II 
Cor. 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he 
is a new creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are becoming new. We have a 
new heart, a new mind, a new nature. Everything 
looks new. We step into a new world. 

The mark of the new witness. I John 5:10, He 
that believeth on the Son of God hath witness in 
tiimself. Rom. 8:16, The Spirit itself beareth 
witness with our spirit, that we are the children 
3f God. 

'everyone that doeth righteousness is bom of 
him" (i. e., of God.) I John 3:9, "Whosoever is 

born of God doth not commit (practice) sin." I 
Peter 1 :23, Being bora again, not of corruptible 
seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, 
which liveth and abideth forever. 

There Are No Near-cuts to Heaven 

We must go by the way of the Cross. There, 
we find the Fountain filled with blood which 
cleanses our dark hearts from all sin. Listen to 
His eternal Word, I John 1:7, The blood of Jesus 
Christ His Son cleanseth us fi-om all sin. He- 
brews 9:22, "without shedding of blood is no re- 
mission." Rom, 5:9, "Much more tlien, being now 
justified by His blood, we shall be saved from 
wrath through Him." Eph. 1 :7, In whom we have 
redemption through His blood. Rev. 1:5, Unto 
Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins 
in His own blood. I Peter 1:18, Forasmuch as ye 
know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible 
things, as silver and gold, from your vain con- 
versation received by tradition from youi- fath- 
ers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of 
a lamb without blemish and without spot. If we 
take the blood out of the Bible we have left a 
lifeless book; take the blood out of the church 
and we would have but a dead lost church in a 
lost world. 

(To be continued) 

Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 


"Have thou nothing to do with that just man." Mat- 
thew 27:19. 

his wife's advice when he handed Jesus over to the 
mob, after stating that he found no fault in him. And 
still more free from blame did he feel after washing 
his hands publicly before the multitude. But do you know 
that no one feels that Pilate followed his wife's advice. 
In fact he couldn't do so in that situation. Trying to be 
neutral about moral and spiritual issues is like trying 
to walk a tightrope — in the moral realm it cannot be 
done. Once men come to know Jesus, know of His life and 
work in the world; once they have heard the appeal He 
makes to men to repent from sin and g^ive their lives 
into His keeping, they can no more be successful in ig- 
noring Him than Pilate was. 

Peter Marshall, the sainted chaplain of the United 

States Senate, once gave utterance to a vital truth, when 
he said in one of his prayei'S before that body of law- 
makers. He said: "Unless we stand for something, we 
shall fall for anything." And men know too well that 
they cannot put off Chinstian Decisions. We must decide. 
At first thought it might seem that Pilate's wife was 
giving him good counsel. But her advice was impossible 
to follow. He was the "trial judge," and he could not 
ignore his duty to make decisions; it was his duty to 
make a decision as to the disposition to be made of the 
prisoner. There could be no neutrality — he had to decide 
for or against. And after he had affirmed that he found 
no fault in the Lord, and then weakly put the blame on 
those who were clamoring for His blood, the judgment 
was his to endure. Jesus was not on trial before Pilate, 
but vice vei-sa. There was no neutrality for Pilate — and 
there is none for men today. 


Vrayer flfleeting 
\^^x^. Studies 

hy B. J, Qilmev 

Galatians 5:19 

That Christ may be foimed — in His exquisite beauty; 

That Christ may be seen — with His wonderful life 
Poi-trayed, day by day, in the presence of duty — 

Revealed, hour by hour, in life's strain, stress, and 
strife ! 

That Christ may be formed! He strongly desires it! 

Waits now His own life, in its fulness to show; 
A weaiy world needs it — most truly requires it — 

Christ formed and revealed in His children below. 

— J. Danson Smith. 

TN THE OLD TESTAMENT the priests ate their por- 
"*• tion of the offerings brought to the altar (1 Cor. 
9:13). As believer priests we are now partakers of the 
"divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). If Christ is to be formed 
in us we are partakers of His sufferings (1 Peter 4:13), 
and then of His glory (1 Peter 5:1). 

It is said of earthly sustenance, "What we eat, we are." 
Spiritually we subsist on the living Bread, which is 
Christ (John 6:51). If we are to be a heavenly people 
we have to be partakers of the "heavenly calling" (Heb. 
3:1). Our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20). We can- 
not be Christian without absorbing Christ (Heb. 3:14). 
He is the diet for our souls (John 6:48-53). The Israel- 
ites had to eat the Passover lamb (Exod. 12:7, 8). Christ 
is our Passover, sacrificed for us (1 Cor. 5:7) We are 
to be more than mere admirers of Christ; by faith we 
partake of His glorious person. 

We are partakers of the Holy Ghost (Heb. 6:4). Unless 
we are indwelt by the Spirit of God we are not saved 
(Rom. 8:9). It is the Holy Spirit Who gives the new 
birth (John 3:5). God makes His dwelling in the body 
of eveiy true believer (1 Cor. 6:19). 

All of God's people are partakers of chastisement 
(Heb. 12:5-9). The innocent Christ was perfected as our 
Saviour through the things which He suffered (Heb. 
5:8). All believers need child training of their Heavenly 
Father (Heb. 11:25). Christ within makes a continual 
and an increasing difference (2 Cor. 13:5). We are 
chastened that "we might be partakers of His holiness 
(Heb. 12:10). God seeks to refine His people by remov- 
ing the dross (Isaiah 1:25). He is the potter; we are the 
clay (Jer. 18:2-4). 

"Dear Father, grant that I may be a harp in tune with 

May no discordant notes be found, but all be praise to 

May every word and evei-y deed be found in tune with 

May every single phase of life be lived by Christ in me. 


Wherever then, this harp be placed, and Chords be swej 

by Thee; 
There'll be a strain of harmony from the harp in tun 

with Thee. 
Let only Christ be seen in me, let only Christ be heard 
O keep this harp in tune with Thee that when you swee ' 

the chords 
The fragrance of the living One will then be shed abroac 
The virtue of him then shall flow as chords are swept b! 

And souls in death will come to life because He lives i:' 


The Christ within is the secret of the overcoming lif ' 
(1 Cor. 15:57). We can triumph only with the Chrisi] 
the only complete Victor, within (1 John 4:4). We over! 
come by faith in Christ (1 John 5:4, 5). We live by faitl, 
(Gal. 2:20). We walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). We fight b;l 
faith (Eph. 6:16). j 

To overcome the foe we must begin inside (Rom. 7:14! 
23; Gal. 5:17). Christianity straightens us out in char| 
acter. We shall ask God for deliverance from appetite 
temper covetousness, pride, etc., AND we shall ALS( 
MORTIFY these internal foes (Col. 3:5). There is ABSOl 
LUTELY NO PROMISE of life without mortifying th.l 
unlawful deeds of the body (Rom. 8:13; Gal. 3:6; 1 Cor! 
6:9, 10). The promises of the Revelation are to the over 
comers (2:7, 11, 17, 20; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7). 

' Lesson 

William H. Ande rspn 

Lesson for March 31, 1957 i 


Lesson: Matthew 25:31-46 1 

"THERE IS A MACHINE in the Bank of England 
which receives sovereigns for the purpose of determin 
ing whether they are of full weight As they pass through 1 
the machine with unerring certainty throws out all thaj 
are of light weight on one side, and all of full weighij 
on the other." j 

Surely this is a true picture of the certainty of God's | 
Judgments. Sin will some day be judged. Unless mar: 
repents of his sin, he will be judged for his sin. 

W, E. Blackstone, in his book Jesus is Coming, sug-| 
gests there are four Judgments which will take place:, 

1. The Judgment of the Saints for their works at the 
Judgment Seat of Christ— I Cor. 3:13-15; II Cor. 5:10) I 

2. The Judgment of the Living Nations— Matt. 13:40-1 
43; Matt. 25:31-46. 

3. The Judgment of the Unrighteous Dead at the Great 
White Throne— Rev. 20:12; II Peter 2:9. 

4. The Judgment of Angels— Matt. 25:41; II Peter 2:4; i 
Jude 6. 

Our lesson today deals with the second of these — the! 
Judgment of the Living Nations who are upon the earth | 
at the Revelation of Christ. 

MARCH 23, 1957 



"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and 
'all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon 
'the throne of His glory." How different this will be from 
iHis first coming! At Bethlehem Christ came in hmnil- 
ity, poverty, and shame. At Mount Olivet He shall come 
|as a mighty, majestic, and glorious King and Judge 
(Zech. 14:4). 


The Church will have already been raptured. Now the 
living nations are brought face to face with God. They 
shall be separated, "as a shepherd divideth his sheep 
from the goats." Among the nations will be the righteous 
and the wicked. The wheat shall be separated from the 


W. S. Hottel says: "When Christ returns in Glory, He 
will find His own earthly people, Israel, upon the earth. 
These will have passed through the fire, the Great Trib- 
ulation, and will receive Him as their King." 

Those who are kindly disposed toward the Jews — giv- 
ing them food, drink, clothing, and refuge — will be re- 
warded. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these My brethren," Jesus says, "ye have done 
it unto Me." 

On the other hand, those who are indifferent and neg- 
ligent in their responsibilities toward the Jews will feel 
God's wrath and everlasting fire! 

This may lead us to believe that God's Judgment of 
the Nations will be based upon man's works. Not at all! 
God judges a man because of what he is, not because of 
what he does. BUT IT IS TRUE, THAT A MAN DOES 
In other words, when a person ministers to those in need, 
those acts of love reveal the true condition of his heart. 

Four judgments were mentioned in the beginning. 
May we suggest one more. DAILY JUDGMENT! Each 
day the Christian is under the scrutiny of the all-seeing 
God. Each act and each word is being judged. God's Books 
are recording each event. In that day when we shall 
stand before Christ, the Judge of all the earth, what 
will He say to us ? Will our lives stand the test of fire ? 

Sunday School Suggestions 

The Sunday School Board of 
The Brethren Church 

by Jerry Flora 

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Home Department 

THERE ARE approximately twenty million (20,000,- 
000) people in this country in the old-age bracket. 

Aged ones who are actually homebound are most likely 
to be overlooked and forgotten, though they may be 
happy if called upon from some specific service. Often 
the only thing lacking to make possible their service 
for the church is transportation. Some good man or 
woman who has a car could pick up the aged group and 
take them to the home of another shut-in, or to the 
church where they could prepare pastoral letters for 
mailing, send welcome notes to newcomers, send sympa- 
thy notes to sick and bereaved, or mail congratulations 
to newlyweds. 

Men might bring hammer and tacks and do easy re- 
pair work on chairs; women could dust off shelves, put 
books and magazines in order, mend choir robes, and 
do other such work. All this would mean a renewal of 
fellowship, introduction of newcomers, cheer up the help- 
ers an(} the helped, and break the monotony of the home- 

Late Teachers? 

Teachers who habitually arrive late not only set a 
bad example for their pupils, but also give the impression 
that Sunday school is not important to them. The pupils, 
of course, adopt the same attitude. 

A tactful way to handle the situation, and at the same 
time introduce a helpful project, is to plan for pre-ses- 
sion activities for the classes. These pre-session activities 
could be such things as friendly conversation among 
pupils and teacher; singspiration around the piano; a 
table of books, missionary curios, or other items of in- 
terest; or memory- work games and puzzles. 

The pre-session activities should last from 10 to 15 
minutes before Sunday school starts. The teacher, of 
course, is expected to be there to direct the activity. Pre- 
session activities not only encourage promptness in the 
teachers — they stimulate the pupils to be early, or at 
least on time. 


Does your pastor or someone in the church mimeograph 
Sunday bulletins? If so, why not ask peiTnission for the 
Sunday school to use the mimeograph? There is no end 
to the usefulness of this versatile machine. You can print 
postcards for any occasion, make maps for the pupils 
to fill in, produce songsheets or chorus-sheets, run off 
letters to the parents of children in Sunday school, de- 
velop flyers to be handed out as special announcements, 
and a whole host of other activities. 

If your church owns a mimeograph and your Sunday 
school is not using it, you are missing a great oppor- 


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The pages of the Brethren Evangelist are open 
to the news of the Church. Some churches do a 
real fine job of reporting their work. Others do not 
report very often, some rarely, if ever. 

Usually it is the pastor's lot to make these re- 
ports, if any are to be made. Some churches have 
adopted the policy of having a Church Correspond- 
ent send in a report every now and then. We would 
recommend that pastor and correspondent work to- 
gether to send in a report regularly. It takes but 
little time, and it is veiy worth-while. 

News reports fi'om the churches are read eagerly 
by the Evangelist family; we give top priority to 
news reports for this column. On occasion we have 
had too many reports to get them all in in one week 
and .still keep a well balanced paper. This was more 
true under the old 1<5 page paper. One of the rea- 
sons for enlarging the Evangelist to 20 pages was 
to give more space to church news. Keeping our 
paper "balanced" (that is, proper relationship of 
devotional feature, departmental and news) we could 
run as much as 3 to 4 pages of church news reports 
each week. 

Before we can print news repoi-ts, we must have 
them from the churches. If you enjoy reading the 
i-eports of other churcheSj then hov»- about a regular 
report from your church ? Take up the matter in 
your Board or council; encourage your pastor to 
do it, or appoint a church correspondent to work 
with your pastor in preparing "a repoi-t on a regular 

We've heard it said that some pastors do not send 
in reports because it sounds like they are brag- 
ging. An honevSt report is not bragging; it is a tes- 
timony to the goodness of the Lord, and to the 
work of the Holy Spirit and energetic workers in 
your church. "Nothing to report in your church?" 
Then better study "The Great Commission" which 
Christ gave to His disciples. Following that in any 
church will make news worthy of reporting. 

A good news report tells what you have done, 
what you are now doing, and what you are planning 
on doing. Facts and figures make it more valu- 
able. Remember, church leaders anri pa.stors: if you 
want to see Church News Reports in your church 
paper, YOU must send them in. Also, continue to 
send in your church bulletins, pastors, for it is 
from these we secure the information about your 
church for the "Items of General Interest" which 
appear each week on pages two and nineteen. 
W. S. B. 



The North Liberty Church has been enjojdng some wi] 
good Fellowship. We had our spring rally March 3rd, wit \ 
191 in Sunday School and 197 in Church. 

The W. M. S. served a real nice steak supper at th; 
Laymen's Northern Indiana District meeting, which waj 
held at our Church. 

We baptised and received five into the fellowship c 
the Church during February. 

We are sad to report the loss of one of our recer 
members, Mr. Ernest Schrader. But our loss is Heaven' 
gain. Our pastor. Rev. Thomas, is in a revival at Dutch 
town, Indiana, for Rev. George Pontius. 

Mrs. W. E. Thomas. 


It has been just a year ago that Rev. W. B. Bran] 

of the Vinco, Penna. church was with us for a two weekj 
meeting. His preaching from the book of Revelatio i 
was well received, with decisions for Christ, and reded! 
ications being made. We are now looking forward to 
one week Revival Service April 1-7 with Rev. Austin 
Gable seiwing as our Evangelist. We solicit the prayer j 
of the brotherhood for the success of these services, j 
After the busy activities of the summer months in| 
eluding Vacation Bible School, conferences, and campj 
the beginning of the fall season found us ready to taki 
some definite steps forAvard in the work for Christ an( 
His Kingdom. 

On Sunday August 26th we held a brief dedicatioi! 
service for our new Sunday School class rooms and thei; 
used them for the first time on that day. Since that tim<j 
the work in the basement and kitchen has been movinf i 
forward, and we have set Dedication Day for our rej 
modeling and building program for Sunday May 5th. i 

The class rooms have been a real asset during th<| 
past months, and many folks have talked about hovj 
much they enjoy Sunday School now. Before, we ha( 
five classes meeting in the main sanctuary. 

With, the beginning of the new church year in October 1 
some major changes were made in the Sunday School 
set up. One of the most important was the beginning! 
of our Youth Department in the Sunday School, whielj 
was made possible by the added, facilities of the Sunj 
day School addition. The Pre-school children now have £' 
separate opening from those in school. The Youth De-j 
partment begins with 7th graders. Then adults meet ir 
the sanctuary and then go to their classrooms. 

Our Cradle Roll Superintendent has been working! 
hard, and we now have 14 babies enrolled. 

Some of the younger women of the church have or- 
ganized a second W. M. S, group during the past yeari 
It is just now getting into full motion, and we do give 
thanks for the encouraging interest shown by this group. 
The W. M. S. is also active under the capable leader- 
ship of their president, Mary Ellen Miller, with regulai 
meetings, and missionary projects. 

The Lord has been good to us in both our regulai 
program and our building program. Each month a Cashi 
day offering is received for the building fund, and W£ 

MARCH 23, 1957 


are most thankful that our building will be dedicated 
practically debt free. Last September we conducted an 
Every Member Stewardship Canvass, which has been 
I definite help and improvement for our General F^nd. 
rhe Official Board has already voted for another can- 
rass this fall. With more time to prepare for it than 
we had last year, we expect this year that it shall prove 
;o be even more successful as we attempt to better un- 
lerstand our relationship as Stewards to God. 

Miss Marjorie Ford of Scripture Press in Chicago con- 
iucted a Sunday School Leadership Training Conference 
for us the first of February. A goodly number of our 
folks attended regularly, along with visitors from North 
Manchester, Warsaw, Center Chapel, Peru, and Loree. 
Her presence with us was a time of real instruction 
md inspiration. Since her being with us we have held 
)ur own workers' conference, and are now organizing a 
dsitation program. Our hopes are to have visitation 
3very Wednesday night, which will be in charge of a 
idsitation committee. 

Our "Inspirational Hour" services on Thursday night 
have been well received this vdnter, with more interest 
being shown in this Mid-week service than before. 

During the past several years much of our thought, 
time and effort, (the pastor and the entire congrega- 
tion) has been given to the building program. 

With the completion of the building program our 
thought, time and effort, will be channeled more toward 
the spiritual emphasis of the church. It is our earnest 
prayer and hope that during the future, our interest can 
be centered in the advancement of the entire program 
of the church. We want to launch out into a better youth 
program, a better laymen program, better church ser- 
dces, a greater evangelistic interest, and a deeper spir- 
itual life within the church. 

Thomas Shannon. 

SCHRADER. Ernest Monroe Schrader, 67, of North 
Liberty, Indiana, died suddenly of a heart attack. Bom 
May 30, 1889. Married to Edna McBride, April 22, 1916. 
Survived by widow, three sons, two daughters, a brother 
and a sister, and six grandchildren. 

Mrs. W. E. Thomas. 
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FLORA. Mrs. Rose Flora was laid to rest on June 
10, 1956. She passed away June 7, 1956, having been 
a patient at the Duke's Hospital in Peru, for two years 
and one day prior to her death. Was born Sept. 3, 1876. 
Sui-vived by two sons, Dr. Joseph O. Flora of Indianap- 
olis, and Ross of Denver. Two other children died in in- 
fancy. She was a faithful member of the Brethren 
Church, and loyal servant of her Lord for many years. 

NEEDHAM, George Needham was born Aug 20, 1879, 
and passed away Jan. 30, 1957, having been confined to 
his bed most of the time for a year. Funeral Services held 
Feb. 1 by his pastor. Married in 1903; two children 
were bom, Howard of Roann, and Mrs. Arline Kline of 
Wabash, who survive. Also survived by Esta, his wife, 
whom he married having lost his first wife in 1931. He 
joined the Brethren church when a young man and had 
sei-ved as deacon for over 30 years. He was active in 
the work of the church as long as he was able. 

Thomas Shannon. 


Was This One Talking About Your School? 

I am one who dropped out of your Sunday school. 

I walk past the building once in a while now and recall that I used 
to go to Sunday school there. 

I meet some friends from time to time and find that they also have 
ceased to attend. 

Occasionally I meet people who continue to go, but never seem able 
to get from them any reason why I should return. 

You who continue to guide the school do not know what caused me 
to drop out. 

Perhaps I needed a friend — and found none. 

Or maybe I wanted help to live my life, and did not find it. 

At any rate, I dropped out of your Sunday school. 

And you did not even try to find out why. — Selected. 






Phil Lersch, Youth Director 


a letter to someone in Ashland, it appears on the 
Missionary Page of the "EVANGELIST." But besides be- 
ing a home mission worker in Krypton, Kentucky, Miss 
BRETHREN YOUTH BOARD. Therefore, I have been 
able to have several contacts with her in recent months. 
Just a short time ago — when working on materials 
to be used for the May Offering appeal for Brethren 
Youth— I wrote and asked Miss Lowery for an article to 
be used in the BRETHREN EVANGELIST. A part of 
her reply was . . . 

Dear Phil, 

"I will try to get my mud-caked brain to work and 
prepare that article as you requested. My present 
environment is not very conducive to a challenging 
message, but I vdW see wha^ I can do." 

And I know she will do a good job. It is plain to see 
that M